John St. Croix
February 12, 2008
SUMMARY OF ACTIONS TAKEN AT FEBRUARY 11, 2008 MEETING
At its meeting on February 11, 2008, the San Francisco Ethics Commission took the following actions:
- Unanimously elected (5-0) Chairperson Susan Harriman and Vice-Chairperson Emi Gusukuma for another term as chairperson and vice-chairperson, respectively.
- Voted 4-1 to approve regulations implementing section 1.113 of the Campaign Finance Reform Ordinance (San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code § 1.100, et seq.) which requires certain committees that are raising or spending funds to support or oppose a local measure to file financial disclosure documents during signature gathering periods. Regulations adopted by the Ethics Commission become effective 60 days after the date of their adoption unless before the expiration of the 60-day period, two-thirds of all members of the Board of Supervisors vote to veto the regulations. S.F. Charter § 15.102.
- Approved for final adoption, by a 4-0 vote, the draft Statements of Incompatible Activities (“SIAs”) of the following departments: Juvenile Probation Department and Commission, Citizen’s General Obligation Bond Oversight Committee, Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Commission on the Environment and Department of the Environment, Film Commission, Port of San Francisco, and Recreation and Park Department and Commission; and for tentative final adoption, the draft SIAs of the Building Inspection Commission and Department and the Fine Arts Commission. The Commission considered, but did not approve for final adoption, the draft SIAs of the Municipal Transportation Agency, the Public Health Department and Health Commission, and the Public Utilities Commission. SIAs that have been approved for final adoption will not go into effect until thirty days after all SIAs have been finally adopted.
- Agreed by a 4-0 vote to recommend, with comments, proposed legislation pending at the Rules Committee to amend San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code section 4.100, et seq. The proposed legislation implements S.F. Charter Appendix section F1.107, relating to the operation of the Controller’s Whistleblower Program.
- Conducted a discussion of the capabilities and user interface of the new online filing system.
- Approved by a 4-0 vote, with amendments, the annual report for the Ethics Commission for the period July 1, 2006 – June 30, 2007.
The Commission’s next regular meeting will be held on Monday, March 10, 2008, 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.