Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

Press Release – July 14, 2009 – SUMMARY OF ACTIONS TAKEN AT JULY 13, 2009 MEETING

PRESS RELEASE

Contact:                                                                                 
John St. Croix                                                                                   
(415) 252-3100

For release:
July 14, 2009

SUMMARY OF ACTIONS TAKEN AT JULY 13, 2009 MEETING

At its meeting on July 13, 2009, the San Francisco Ethics Commission took the following actions:

  • By a vote of 5-0, granted a waiver from the compensated advocacy provision of San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code section 3.224 to Patrick Buscovich, a structural engineer who serves on the Board of Examiners, Department of Building Inspection;
  • By a vote of 5-0, approved amendments to Chapter 2, Article III of the Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code to define “officer,” clarify the application of conflict of interest prohibitions to City officers, amend the ban on contracting under section 3.222 to permit officers to enter into settlement agreements and allow the Ethics Commission to waive the ban, and rename Chapter 2 the “Government Ethics Ordinance.”  The amendments will be forwarded to the Board of Supervisors for its consideration – under section 3.204, Chapter 2 may be amended if the amendment furthers the purposes of the Chapter, is approved by the Ethics Commission by a 4/5 vote, is made available for public view for 30 days, and the Board of Supervisors adopts the amendments by at least a 2/3 vote of all members.
  • Received public testimony and discussed legislation proposed by Supervisor Daly to add a new Chapter 5 to Article III of the Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code to bar City officers and employees from soliciting donations to nonprofit organizations to fund City departments from persons doing business with those departments.  By a vote of 5-0, the Commission decided to send the legislation back to Supervisor Daly, along with a transcript of the comments received and made regarding the proposed legislation.

The Commission’s next meeting will be held on Monday, August 10, 2009, 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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