Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

Agenda – June 14, 2010


June 14, 2010 5:30 P.M.
Room 408 City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco

  1. Call to order and roll call.
  2. Public comment on matters appearing or not appearing on the agenda that are within the jurisdiction of the Ethics Commission.
  3. Consideration of policy recommendations regarding the Commission’s enforcement of the Sunshine Ordinance (“Ordinance”).  At its last meeting, the Commission began consideration of staff-prepared draft regulations setting forth the procedures that will apply to all complaints regarding alleged violations of the Ordinance.  At this meeting, the Commission will consider policy recommendations that will (1) clarify the Commission’s jurisdiction over alleged violations of the Ordinance, (2) clarify the Commission’s jurisdiction to establish penalties for a violation of the Ordinance, and (3) require the Commission to convene an enforcement hearing on referrals from the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force.  A staff report will be available at the Commission office and on its website.  (Discussion and possible action.)
  4. Consideration of possible amendments to Ethics Commission Regulation 3.234-5, to define the term “department, board, commission, office or other unit of government, for which the officer or employee served” in section 3.234(a)(2) of the Government Ethics Ordinance (“GEO”), San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code section 3.200 et seq.  The proposed amendments will conform the regulation to recent changes in the ordinance governing post-employment restrictions.  The 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.  The proposed amendments and a staff report will be available at the Commission’s office and on its website.  (Discussion and possible action.)
  5. Consideration of education and communication with the public.  At its November 9, 2009 meeting, the Commission adopted “Education and Communication with the general public” as one of its priorities for the year.  At this meeting, the Commission will discuss the goals and elements of this priority such as outreach, dissemination of information, and public participation, as well as developments in this area.  (Discussion and possible action.)
  6. Minutes of the Commission’s regular meeting of May 10, 2010.   (Discussion and possible action.)
  7. Executive Director’s Report.  An update of important Ethics Commission staff activities since the previous monthly meeting.  The written report, which is available at the Commission office and on its website, covers the budget, the investigation and enforcement program, revenues, campaign finance disclosure program, revenues, public financing/campaign finance audit program, lobbyist program, campaign consultant program, and outreach and education.  Any of these subjects may potentially be part of the Director’s presentation or discussed by the Commission.  (Discussion.)
  8. Items for future meetings.  Commissioners may propose items for future agendas and the Commission may determine the priority of these items.  (Discussion.)
  9. Public comment on matters appearing or not appearing on the agenda that are within the jurisdiction of the Ethics Commission.
  10. Adjournment.

Know Your Rights Under the Sunshine Ordinance

Government’s 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 Chris Rustom 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. Rustom 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.

The 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 web site


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