Contact: For release:
John St. Croix June 11, 2007
SUMMARY OF ACTIONS TAKEN AT JUNE 11, 2007 MEETING
At its meeting on June 11, 2007, the San Francisco Ethics Commission took the following action:
- After receiving testimony from the departments, initially adopted by a 5-0 vote the Statements of Incompatible Activities (“SIAs”) for the General Services Agency, Department of Public Works, Department of Telecommunications and Information Services, Municipal Transportation Agency and Department of Public Health. 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. The Commission also considered for final adoption of, but deferred its vote until the next meeting, the SIAs for the Department of Elections and Elections Commission, the Arts Commission and the Department of Child Support Services.
- Considered and adopted by a 4-1 vote legislation to prohibit individuals who have served as senior staff members to the Mayor or a Member of the Board of Supervisors from communicating with any representative of the City with the intent to influence a government decision for one year after they terminate employment with the City. The Commission adopted two amendments to the legislation introduced by Supervisor Peskin, one to require the Commission to adopt regulations that set out what may be deemed an equivalent position that is subject to the ban and another to make the ban effective for employees who leave employment after the effective date of the legislation.
- Considered a report on the public financing program for candidates for the Board of Supervisors that was implemented in 2006.
- Held a probable cause hearing in the Matter of Ethics Complaint 20-050906 against Respondents San Franciscans for Affordable Clean Energy . . . Yes on D Committee and Carolyn Knee, Treasurer. The Commission continued the matter and encouraged the parties to reach settlement prior to the next meeting.
- Supported by a 5-0 vote the filing of a petition with the Mayor and Board of Supervisors to oppose AB 1430, which would prevent local jurisdictions from regulating member communications.
- The Commission’s next regular meeting will be held on Monday, July 9, 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.