John St. Croix
For release: June 15, 2010
SUMMARY OF ACTIONS TAKEN AT JUNE 14, 2010 MEETING
At its meeting on June 14, 2010, the San Francisco Ethics Commission took the following actions:
- Approved three policy directives that will guide staff's drafting of Sunshine Ordinance enforcement regulations:
- Approved, by a vote of 5-0, a policy directive that the Commission has jurisdiction over violations and alleged violations of the Sunshine Ordinance;
- Approved, by a vote of 5-0, a policy directive that the Commission may impose monetary fines or other penalties for violations of the Sunshine Ordinance;
- Approved, by a vote of 3-2, a policy directive that the Commission will hold an enforcement hearing on any referral from the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force.
- Approved, by a vote of 5-0, amendments to Ethics Commission Regulation 3.234-5, defining the term “department, board, commission, office or other unit of government for which a City officer or employee served,” for the purposes of San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code section 3.234's one-year ban on communications with an officer's or employees' former department.
- Began a discussion of how the Commission may further promote “education and communication with the general public,” one of the policy goals established by the Commission for the coming year.
The Commission’s next scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, July 12, 2010, at 5:30 p.m. in Room 408 City Hall.
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.