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John St. Croix February 13, 2007
SUMMARY OF ACTIONS TAKEN AT JANUARY 8, 2007 MEETING
At its meeting on February 12, 2007, the San Francisco Ethics Commission took the following action:
· After receiving testimony from the departments and public comment, initially adopted, by a 5-0 vote, the Statements of Incompatible Activities (“SIAs”) for the Civil Service Commission; Employees’ Retirement System; Commission and Department on the Status of Women; Adult Probation Department; and Department of Children, Youth and Families. The Commission continued its consideration of the draft SIAs for the Human Rights Commission and the Ethics 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.
· Considered a request for waiver from fees from the late filing of pre-election reports by the San Francisco Police Officers Association PAC, but took no action.
· Randomly selected 17 seventeen committees for audit from the pool of non-publicly financed candidate, ballot measure and general purpose committees that were active in the 2006 elections. The committees selected were: Bayard Fong for Board of Education, ID No. 1290444; Campaign for Paid Sick Days, Yes on Prop F, ID No. 1289546; CCSF Educators to Reelect Carter and Grier, ID No. 1289458; Committee to Re-Elect Dr. Dan Kelly, ID No. 1289595; San Franciscans for Preservation Planning, ID. No. 1257127; San Francisco Small Business Advocates, ID No. 1226595;San Francisco Taxpayers Union Political Action Committee, ID No. 1280589; Building Owners and Managers Association of San Francisco PAC—Ballot Issues (BOMA – Ballot), ID. No. 970432; Hydra Mendoza for School Board, ID. No. 1290372; Re-Elect Public Defender Jeff Adachi, ID No. 1283538; Truth on Prop H – Concerned Citizens Against Prop H, Sponsored by: Small Property Owners of San Francisco, ID No. 1292084; Building Owners and Managers Association of San Francisco PAC – Independent Expenditures (BOMA-SF-PAC-IE), ID No. 870449; Doug Chan for Supervisor, ID. No. 1282924; Ed Jew for Supervisor, ID No. 1287561; Friends of Phil Ting, ID No. 1286818; San Francisco Chamber of Commerce 21st Century Committee, ID No. 891575; and Yes on Proposition A, Let’s Rebuild San Francisco’s Schools funded in part by a Citizen interested in improving education in San Francisco public schools, ID No. 1290214.
· Considered a draft advice letter to an architect regarding the application of section 3.222 of the San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code to the modification of contracts entered into before the architect was selected to serve on the City’s Arts Commission.
· Considered and deferred action until the next meeting a proposed regulation to change the due date of the annual Sunshine Ordinance Declaration from April 1 to December 31.
· By unanimous votes, elected Commissioner Susan Harriman as Chair and Commissioner Emi Gusukuma as Vice-Chair.
· The Commission’s next regular meeting will be held on Monday, March 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.