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John St. Croix September 11, 2007
SUMMARY OF ACTIONS TAKEN AT SEPTEMEBER 10, 2007 MEETING
At its meeting on September 10, 2007, the San Francisco Ethics Commission took the following action:
- After receiving testimony from the departments, initially adopted by a series of 5-0 votes the Statements of Incompatible Activities (“SIAs”) for the Film Commission, Public Library and Library Commission, Fire Department and Fire Commission, Board of Appeals, Citizens’ General Obligation Bond Oversight Committee, Southeast Community Facility Commission, and 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.
- The Ethics Commission also approved for final adoption, by a series of 5-0 votes, the draft SIAs of the following departments: Department of Human Services; Airport Commission; Arts Commission; Department of Child Support Services; Department of Children, Youth and Their Families; Office of the Controller; Department of Elections and Elections Commission; Office of the Mayor; Sheriff’s Department; and Department and Commission on the Status of Women. SIAs that have been finally adopted will not go into effect until thirty days after all SIAs have been finally adopted.
- Received testimony from staff of Supervisor Alioto-Pier regarding a proposed Charter amendment that would establish minimum qualifications for members of City bodies that oversee and administer elections, campaign finance, lobbying, conflict of interest, open meeting and public records laws.
- By a 5-0 vote, approved supporting the Secretary of State exercising her authority to eliminate the requirement that persons who file financial disclosure statements and reports online or electronically also file their reports on paper, beginning with the first statement or report required to be filed on or after January 1, 2008. The Secretary of State and the Fair Political Practices Commission will hold a public hearing on this issue on September 26, 2007 at 10:00 a.m.
The Commission’s next regular meeting will be held on Monday, October 15, 2007, at 5:30 p.m. in Room 408 City Hall. This will not be on the Commission’s usual second Monday of the month meeting because the second Monday of the month, October 8, is a City holiday.
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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