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Press Release – September 15, 2004 – ETHICS COMMISSION DISMISSES COMPLAINT



Contact:                                                                                               For release:

John St. Croix                                                                                     

September 15, 2004

(415) 581-2300




At its regular meeting of 

September 13, 2004

, the San Francisco Ethics Commission considered matters raised in the complaint that had been initially filed with the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force by Oliver Luby and Kevin DeLiban against Ethics Commission (former) Executive Director Ginny Vida and Deputy Executive Director Mabel Ng.  The Sunshine Ordinance Task Force forwarded the complaint to the Ethics Commission for investigation.  The Ethics Commission subsequently determined at its regular meeting of 

April 12, 2004

 that the matter would be investigated by Dan Purnell, Executive Director of the Oakland Public Ethics Commission.


Following deliberations in closed session at its 

September 13, 2004

 meeting, the Ethics Commission announced that it had decided to uphold the determination by Purnell’s investigation that the charges against Ms. Vida and Ms. Ng should be dismissed.  The Commission’s vote was 3-1 (Commissioners Garcia, Anglade, and Gusukuma in the majority, Commissioner McCoy dissenting, Commissioner Lynn recused). 


The Sunshine OrdinanceTask Force, the complainants and the respondents have been notified of the decision to dismiss the complaint.


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The Ethics Commission, established in November 1993, serves the public, City employees and officials
and candidates for public office through education and enforcement of ethics laws.  Its duties include:  filing and auditing of campaign finance disclosure statements, lobbyist and campaign consultant registration and regulation, administration of the public financing program, whistleblower program, conflict of interest reporting, investigations and enforcement, education and training, advice giving and statistical reporting.

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