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John St. Croix June 13, 2006
SUMMARY OF ACTIONS TAKEN AT JUNE 12, 2006 MEETING
At its meeting on June 12, 2006, the San Francisco Ethics Commission took the following action:
- Received testimony from Supervisor Jake McGoldrick about, and recommended support for, by a 4-0 vote, a proposed Charter amendment to require that all San Francisco municipal elections be held in even-numbered years.
- Approved by a 3-1 vote a stipulation agreement reached with the Andrew Lee for Supervisor Committee, ID No. 1243359, to settle Ethics Complaint No. 16-050906, which alleged that the committee failed to file Late Contribution Reports on a timely basis, failed to obtain and disclose contributor information for 18 contributions, accepted contributions in excess of the contribution limits, failed to file supplemental reports under local law, and failed to report accrued expenses. The committee agreed to pay $17,000 to resolve these allegations, which includes the payment of any late fees and forfeiture amounts that are due.
- The Commission also announced approval of a stipulation agreement reached with Lee Ann Prifti to settle Ethics Complaint No. 11-050627, which alleged that Ms. Prifti violated section 3.230(c) of the San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code by using her City computer and e-mail address to receive and forward political communications. Under the stipulation, Ms. Prifti agrees to cease and desist all political activity using her City-owned computer and e-mail address.
- Selected by a random drawing seven committees that were active in 2004-2005 for audit by the Commission. These seven committees are: Herrera 2005; Lillian Sing for Supervisor, District 1; Yes on C; Alioto-Pier for Supervisor; Committee to Elect Larry Kane; Steve Braccini for District 2 Supervisor; and San Franciscans for Equitable Taxation, No on B, a Coalition of Taxpayers, Homeowners, Seniors and Property Owners.
- Received public comment and discussed a template for the Statement of Incompatible Activities.
- Held a closed session discussion about the annual performance evaluation of the Executive Director.
The Ethics Commission will next meet on Monday, July 10, 2006 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 408 City Hall.
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.