Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

Press Release – October 24, 2006 – SUMMARY OF ACTIONS TAKEN AT OCTOBER 23, 2006 MEETING

PRESS RELEASE

 

Contact:                                                                                  For release:

John St. Croix                                                                        October 24, 2006

(415) 252-3100

 

SUMMARY OF ACTIONS TAKEN AT OCTOBER 23, 2006 MEETING

 

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

  • After receiving testimony from the departments and public comment, initially adopted the Statement of Incompatible Activities (“SIA”) for the Mayor’s Office, the Board of Supervisors, Assessment Appeals Board, the City Attorney’s Office and the Controller’s Office.  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 4-0 vote two requests for waivers, as follows:
    1. a request for a waiver from the one year post-employment restriction under Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code section 3.234(a)(1)(D) for Miguel Marquez, a former Deputy City Attorney who now works for the General Counsel of the San Francisco Unified School District, so that Mr. Marquez could communicate with his former employer in the course of his work for the School District; and
    2. a request for a waiver from the permanent and one year post-employment restrictions under section 3.234(a)(1)(A) and (D) for Rio Foster, a former employee of the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development who now works for the Bid Committee for the 2016 Olympics, so that Mr. Foster could communicate with his former employer in the course of his work for the Bid Committee. 
  • Denied, by a 3-1 vote, an appeal by candidate Matt Drake, a candidate for Supervisor in District 6, for participation in the public financing program for candidates for the Board of Supervisors.  The Executive Director had previously rejected Mr. Drake’s application for public financing because Mr. Drake did not meet the participation requirements, namely the minimum qualification threshold. 
  • Heard a presentation from a possible vendor for online campaign filing services.

The Commission’s next regular meeting will be held on Monday, November 13, 2006 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 408 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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