Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

Press Release – September 13, 2005 – SUMMARY OF ACTIONS TAKEN AT SEPTEMBER 12, 2005 MEETING

PRESS RELEASE

Contact:                                                                                             For release:

John St. Croix                                                                                    

September 13, 2005

(415) 581-2300

 

SUMMARY OF ACTIONS TAKEN AT SEPTEMBER 12, 2005 MEETING

 

At its regular meeting on

September 12, 2005

 , the San Francisco Ethics Commission took the following action:

  • Voted 3-1 to grant a waiver from Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code section 3.224 (compensated advocacy ban) to Patrick Buscovich, a licensed structural engineer, who will seek reappointment to a seat mandated to be filled by a structural engineer seat on the Unreinforced Masonry Building Appeals Board. 
  • Voted 4-0 to grant a waiver from Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code section 3.224 (compensated advocacy ban) to Arnie Lerner, a licensed architect who occupies a seat mandated to be filled by an individual experienced in construction on the Access Appeals Commission.     
  • Discussed various provisions of the Campaign Finance Reform Ordinance related to contribution limits, the use of campaign funds and the voluntary expenditure ceiling.  The Commission will consider possible amendments to provisions regarding these topics at the Commission’s special meeting on September 19 at 

    6:00 p.m.

     in Room 408 City Hall. 

  • Announced a settlement with SKS Investments, LLC, which failed to disclose four contributions totaling $40,000 in 2000 in its major donor report.  SKS will pay $400 to settle the staff-initiated complaint. 

The Commission will hold a special meeting on September 19 at

6:00 p.m.

 in Room 408 City Hall on amendments to the Campaign Finance Reform Ordinance.  Due to the holiday on October 10, the Commission’s October meeting will beheld on October 17 in Room 408 City Hall at 

6:00 p.m.

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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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