Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

Notice of Consideration of Proposed Regulations at the May 10, 2010 Meeting

At its regular meeting on Monday, May 10, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 408 City Hall, the San Francisco Ethics Commission will consider possible amendments to its regulations regarding the enforcement of the Sunshine Ordinance and regarding the Government Ethics Ordinance (“GEO”) (San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code section 3.200 et seq.). 

The draft regulations related to the Sunshine Ordinance regulations cover the procedures for handling complaints alleging violations of the Sunshine Ordinance, filing briefs and presenting arguments at hearings before the Ethics Commission, and applying penalties for willful violations and warning letters for non-willful violations. 

The Commission will also consider possible amendments to regulations under section 3.218 of the GEO, to update procedures regarding the adoption and amendment of Statements of Incompatible Activities (“SIAs”) and departments’ annual distribution of the SIA to their employees and officers. 

In addition, the Commission will consider possible amendments to regulations to section 3.234 of the GEO, to conform regulations to recent changes in the ordinance governing post-employment restrictions. That legislation amended section 3.234 to extend the one-year restriction on communicating with one's former department to employees and officers who have transferred departments within the City, and to provide that an employee or officer may not be employed by a party to a City contract within one year after the contract date if the employee or officer participated personally and substantially in the award of the contract.  (Board of Supervisors File No. 090219, available at http://www.sfbos.org/ftp/uploadedfiles/bdsupvrs/ordinances09/o0208-09.pdf). 

The proposed amendments, along with respective staff reports, will be available from the Commission office and on its website when the agenda for the meeting is available on Thursday, May 6, 2010. 

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