Contact: For release:
John St. Croix September 12, 2006
SUMMARY OF ACTIONS TAKEN AT SEPTEMBER 11, 2006 MEETING
At its meeting on September 11, 2006, the San Francisco Ethics Commission took the following action:
- After receiving public comment, initially adopted the Statement of Incompatible Activities (“SIA”) for the Department of Building Inspection and Building Inspection Commission, the Elections Department and Elections Commission, the Arts Commission, and the Department of Child Support Services. Under the law, the City will engage in meet and confer sessions with the affected unions prior to final adoption of the SIAs by the Commission.
- Approved by a 5-0 vote, legislation to amend section 3.216 of the San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code to prohibit officers and employees from soliciting or accepting gifts from a person who the officer or employee knows or has reason to know is a restricted source. A restricted source is a person doing business with or seeking to do business with the department of the officer or employee, and any person who during the prior 12 months knowingly attempted to influence the officer or employee in any legislative or administrative action. The prior gift limitation from restricted sources was $100 per calendar year.
- Adopted by a vote of 4-1 amendments to the Commission’s regulations on investigation and enforcement proceedings. The regulations will streamline the Commission’s enforcement process.
- Adopted an attendance policy for its members, pursuant to Resolution 502-06 from the Board of Supervisors urging each City board, commission or advisory body to adopt an internal policy regarding members’ attendance at meetings of the body.
The Ethics Commission will next meet for a special meeting on Saturday, October 14, at 10 a.m. in the Sycip Family Conference Room on the fourth floor of the San Francisco Public Library at 100 Larkin Street. The Commission’s next regular meeting will be held on Monday, October 23, 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.