Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

Press Release – January 24, 2006 – SUMMARY OF ACTIONS TAKEN AT JANUARY 23, 2006 MEETING

PRESS RELEASE

Contact:                                                                                    For release:

John St. Croix                                                                           January 24, 2006

(415) 581-2300

 

SUMMARY OF ACTIONS TAKEN AT JANUARY 23, 2006 MEETING

 

At its special meeting on January 23, 2006, the San Francisco Ethics Commission took the following action:

  • Received testimony on legislation to amend the Campaign Finance Reform Ordinance to make payments for electioneering communications made at the behest of a candidate a contribution to that candidate, to impose contribution limits on the amount of payments that can be given or received for the purpose of making electioneering communications, and to require certain reports from persons making electioneering communications.  The Commission will keep the record open until the end of February to receive additional written testimony from interested persons. 
  • Continued its discussion of a proposed budget for the Commission for FY 06-07.  The Commission will continue consideration of the budget at its meeting in February 2006. 
  • Designated the Chairperson as the individual commissioner to hear and decide preliminary matters in connection with hearings on the merits under the Commission’s Regulations for Investigations and Enforcement Proceedings. 

The Commission will hold its next meeting at 5:30 p.m. on February 13, 2006 in Room 408 City Hall, in which it will consider Statements of Incompatible Activities.  On February 27, 2006 at 5:30 p.m., the Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting on a special date in Room 400 City Hall.

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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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