Agenda – August 10, 2009


August 10, 2009 5:30 P.M.
Room 408 City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco

I.    Call to order and roll call.

 Public comment on matters appearing or not appearing on the agenda
that are within the jurisdiction of the Ethics Commission.

 Consideration of possible amendments to the Campaign Finance Reform
Ordinance (CFRO), San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code
section 1.100 et seq.  Staff has worked with Supervisor Daly on
possible amendments to CFRO that include, but are not limited to
refining definitions, eliminating and streamlining reporting
requirements, authorizing greater electronic filing, adjusting
expenditure limits for inflation, clarifying the permitted uses of
campaign funds, limiting which candidates are eligible to accept the
voluntary expenditure ceilings, increasing voluntary expenditure
ceilings in response to third party spending in support of competing
candidates, modifying how public funds are disbursed to candidates, 
clarifying the requirements for third-party reporting, amending the
statute of limitations for administrative actions, and imposing
record-retention requirements on local committees.  A staff report, the draft amendments and a legislative digest are available from the
Commission office and website.  Supervisor Daly or a member of his
staff may attend the meeting to answer questions.  (Discussion and
possible action.)

IV.    Consideration of possible amendments to
the $500 contribution limit under section 1.114(a) of the Campaign and
Governmental Conduct Code.  The $500 contribution limit was first
enacted in 1973 and went as high as $1,000 in 1983.  In 2005, the
Commission re-authorized the current $500 contribution limit. The
Commission will receive input on whether the contribution limit should
be changed, and if so, how should it be changed.  A subsequent
interested persons meeting may be held on this subject.  (Discussion.)

V.    Minutes of the Commission’s regular meeting of July 13, 2009.   (Discussion and possible action.)
 Executive Director’s Report.  An update of important Ethics Commission
staff activities since the previous monthly meeting.  (Discussion.)

 Items for future meetings.  Commissioners may propose items for future
agendas and the Commission may determine the priority of these items. 

VIII.    Public comment on matters appearing or
not appearing on the agenda that are within the jurisdiction of the
Ethics Commission.

IX.    Adjournment.

Know Your Rights Under the Sunshine Ordinance

duty is to serve the public, reaching its decision in full view of the
public.  Commissions, boards, councils and other agencies of the City
and County exist to conduct the people’s business.  This ordinance
assures that deliberations are conducted before the people and that
City operations are open to the people’s review.  For more information
on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance or to report a violation of
the ordinance, contact Frank Darby by mail to Administrator, Sunshine
Ordinance Task Force, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244, San
Francisco CA 94102-4689; by phone at 415 554 7724; by fax at 415 554
7854; or by email at  Citizens interested in obtaining
a free copy of the Sunshine Ordinance can request a copy from Mr. Darby
or by printing Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code on
the Internet,
If any materials
related to an item on this agenda have been distributed to the Ethics
Commission after distribution of the agenda packet, those materials are
available for public inspection at the Ethics Commission, 25 Van Ness
Avenue, Suite 220, San Francisco, during normal office hours.
ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing
electronic devices are prohibited at this meeting.  Please be advised
that the Chair may order the removal from the meeting room of any
person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a cell phone, pager, or
other similar sound-producing devices.  

This location is
wheelchair accessible.   In order to assist the City’s efforts to
accommodate persons with severe allergies, environmental illnesses,
multiple chemical sensitivity, or related disabilities, attendees at
public meetings are reminded that other attendees may be sensitive to
various chemical-based products.  Please help the City accommodate
these individuals.
Individuals and entities that influence or
attempt to influence local legislative or administrative action may be
required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance [SF Campaign &
Governmental Conduct. Code § 2.100] to register and report lobbying
activity.  For more information about the Lobbyist Ordinance, please
contact the Ethics Commission at 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 220, San
Francisco, CA 94102; telephone (415) 252-3100; fax (415) 252-3112 and
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