Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

Press Release – October 7, 2008 – SUMMARY OF ACTIONS TAKEN AT OCTOBER 6, 2008 MEETING

PRESS RELEASE

Contact:                                                                                  For release:
John St. Croix                                                                                    October 7, 2008
(415) 252-3100

SUMMARY OF ACTIONS TAKEN AT OCTOBER 6, 2008 MEETING

At its meeting on October 6, 2008, the San Francisco Ethics Commission took the following actions:

  • After receiving testimony from Supervisor Sean Elsbernd, approved, by a vote of 3-0, an ordinance amending the Administrative Code and Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code to allow for Retiree Health Trust Fund Board elections.  The legislation, File No. 081190, calls for the Ethics Commission to adopt regulations implementing proposed Section 16.565 of the Administrative Code, which would prohibit the giving or receiving of anything of value in consideration of voting in a Board election. 
  • Approved, by a vote of 3-0, amendments to the bylaws of the Ethics Commission (1) to incorporate the Commission’s commitment to diversity and to health and wellness of its employees into its mission statement, and (2) to delete inconsistent language regarding the application of post-employment restrictions to employees of the Commission. 
  • Approved, by a vote of 3-0, regulations to implement Proposition H, which was approved by the voters in the June 3, 2008 election.  Prop. H amended section 1.126 of the Campaign Finance Reform Ordinance (CFRO), which prohibits certain contributions from City contractors to elected officials who must approve their contracts, so that City elective officers may not solicit or accept such contributions.  Regulations approved by the 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.
  • Granted, by a vote of 3-1, an appeal by Wilma Pang, candidate for the Board of Supervisors, District 3, so that she could provide supplemental information regarding contributions that have been identified by Commission staff as questionable contributions in order to qualify for public financing. 
  • Approved, by a vote of 3-1, the Commission’s Annual Report Fiscal Year 2007-2008. 

The Commission’s next meeting will be held on Monday, November 10, 2008, at 5:30 p.m. in Room 408 City Hall. 

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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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