February 10, 2009
Contact: For release:
John St. Croix February 10, 2009
SUMMARY OF ACTIONS TAKEN AT FEBRUARY 9, 2009 MEETING
At its meeting on February 9, 2009, the San Francisco Ethics Commission took the following actions:
- Received public comment on staff’s proposed amendments to the Lobbyist Ordinance, San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code section 2.100 et seq. The Commission plans to consider the amendments at its March 9, 2009 meeting.
- Considered proposed amendments to section 1.126 of the San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code, which bans parties engaged in negotiations for contracts with the City, the School District, the Community College District, and certain state agencies from making campaign contributions to elected officeholders or candidates who must approve those contracts.
- Approved, by a vote of 5-0, amendments to section 3.234 of the San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code to clarify post-employment restrictions that govern City officers and employees.
- Announced settlements in the following matters: Complaint Nos. 09-071019 and 14-07113: In the Matter of David Wong for Sheriff Committee (ID No. 1299118) and David Wong, Treasurer, Respondents, where Respondents agreed to pay $1,500 for violations of California Government Code section 84200 et seq. and San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code section 1.114; and In the Matter of Lorrie Kalos, Respondent, where Respondent agreed to pay $500 to resolve allegations that a photograph of Respondent in a Fire Department uniform on a campaign website violated San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code section 3.230(b).
- Unanimously elected, by separate 5-0 votes, Jamienne Studley as Chairperson and Susan Harriman as Vice-Chairperson of the Commission starting March 1, 2009.
The Commission’s next meeting will be held on Monday, March 9, 2009, 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.