Contact: For release:
John St. Croix
January 12, 2005
SUMMARY OF ACTIONS TAKEN AT JANUARY 10, 2005 MEETING
At its regular meeting on
January 10, 2005
, the San Francisco Ethics Commission took the following action:
- Adopted by a vote of 5-0 a Permit Processing Code of Conduct, as required under San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code section 3.400(c). The Code provides ethical guidelines for officers and employees of the Department of Building Inspection, the Planning Department and the Department of Public Works, and members of the public who use their services.
- Received information about the canvass of delinquent major donor filers that was conducted by staff. The Commission had received several letters expressing concern about the notices. Staff will provide a follow-up report at the March meeting.
- Addressed the “neutrality” requirement in the Commission’s draft Statement of Incompatible Activities. The Commission will continue to discuss this at future meetings.
- Delineated the process for consideration of advice letters: staff will issue informal advice letters and provide copies to the Commission. Staff will provide drafts of formal advice letters to the Commission before they are issued so that if two or more members wish to calendar a formal advice letter for discussion, they may do so.
The next Ethics Commission meeting will be held on
Monday, February 14, 2005
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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.