Contact: For release:
John St. Croix January 9, 2007
SUMMARY OF ACTIONS TAKEN AT JANUARY 8, 2007 MEETING
At its meeting on January 8, 2007, the San Francisco Ethics Commission took the following action:
- After receiving testimony from the departments and public comment, initially adopted, by 4-0 and 3-1 votes, respectively, the Statements of Incompatible Activities (“SIAs”) for the Office of the District Attorney and the Juvenile Probation Department and Commission. 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.
- After receiving testimony, by a 4-0 vote, granted a waiver from section 3.224 of the San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code so that Dr. Vahis Sattary, a structural engineer, may be appointed to the structural engineer seat on the Building Inspection Commission and continue to submit plans to the Department of Building Inspection (DBI) for building permit approval and issuance. The waiver was granted with two restrictions: first, should the DBI ever reject any of Dr. Sattary’s applications and they are presented to the BIC, that he recuse himself. Second, should Dr. Sattary ever encounter a conflict with staff during the normal course of business, that he resolve such conflict through the Director of DBI.
- Considered and approved a proposed FY 07-08 budget, which includes funding for five new staff: a 1.0 FTE Communications Systems Technician (1052); a 1.0 FTE Assistant Investigator (1823); a 1.0 FTE Commission Secretary (1450); a 1.0 FTE Investigations Clerk (1426); and a 1.0 FTE Campaign Finance Clerk (1426). The total request, including funds for the public financing program for Mayoral candidates, is $3,962,827.
- The Commission’s next regular meeting will be held on Monday, February 12, 2007, 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.