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Press Release – September 15, 2009 – Summary of Actions Taken at September 14, 2009 Meeting


John St. Croix  

(415) 252-3100


For release: September 15, 2009



At its meeting on September 14, 2009, the San Francisco Ethics Commission took the following actions:

  • Discussed possible amendments to the Campaign Finance Reform Ordinance (CFRO), SF C&GC Code section 1.100, et seq.  By a series of votes of 4-0, the Commission approved proposed amendments to section 1.104 (Definitions) (except for “person”), 1.118a (Payment of Accrued Expenses), 1.140 (Eligibility to Receive Public Financing) (except for change in loan limit), and 1.144 (Disbursement of Public Funds).  The Commission also approved, by a 4-0 vote, grammatical and minor technical amendments to the CFRO as set forth in the draft proposals.  (At its meeting on August 10, 2009, the Commission approved, by a 4-0 vote, other proposed amendments to the CFRO.)

    Under section 1.103 of the CFRO, the Board of Supervisors may amend the CFRO if the amendment furthers the purposes of the CFRO, the Ethics Commission approves the proposed amendment in advance by at least a 4/5 vote of its members, the proposed amendment is available for public review at least 30 days before the Board or any of its committees considers it, and 2/3 of all the members of the Board approves it.  Supervisor Daly introduced the proposed amendments to the CFRO on August 4, 2009.

The Commission’s next scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, October 19, 2009, at 6:30 p.m. in Room 408 City Hall.  This is not the same time as the Commission’s regularly scheduled meetings because the second Monday in October is a legal holiday.



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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