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Executive Director’s Report – August 9, 2010

For the Meeting of August 9, 2010

1. Budget.

The final budget number for the Ethics Commission for FY 2010/11 is $9,499,050. This is a combination of $2,208,225 for the operating budget and $7,290,825 for the Election Campaign Fund. During budget discussions, the Mayor added $500,000 and the Board of Supervisors added $1,300,000 to the Election Campaign Fund. This has not been previously reported to the Commission. The amount in the Election Campaign Fund includes funds carried over from prior fiscal years.

2. Investigation and enforcement program.

Since its last regular meeting on July 12, 2010 the Commission has received three new complaints and initiated one complaint. There are currently 19 complaints in the Commission’s jurisdiction.

Category# of Complaints
Campaign Finance4
Conflict of Interest6
Governmental Ethics0
Lobbyist Ordinance0
Campaign Consultant Ordinance2
Sunshine Ordinance7

3. Campaign finance disclosure program.

a. Filing deadline. The most recent filing deadline occurred on August 2 for the First Semi Annual statement, which covers through the reporting period ending June 30, 2010. Staff continues to receive statements sent by mail on an ongoing basis. Staff will make phone calls and send out Non-Specific Notices.

The next filing deadline is October 5, 2010 for the First Pre-election statement, which covers through the reporting period ending September 30. Staff continues to answer questions from and conduct outreach to candidates and other committee representatives about campaign finance filing obligations.

b. Collection of late filing fees and contribution forfeitures. In the FY 10-11, as of July 31, the Commission collected a total of $5,325 in campaign finance late fees and forfeitures. As of July 31, outstanding late fees and forfeitures total $174,408. Of the $174,408 in outstanding late fees and forfeitures, waiver requests are pending for $92,886, and $30,623 is pending at the Bureau of Delinquent Revenues.

c. Status of accounts to San Francisco Bureau of Delinquent Revenues (BDR). The following chart provides details on pending accounts referred to BDR:

ID #Treasurer or Responsible OfficerDate referral effectiveOriginal amount referredLast month’s balanceCurrent balance (Changes are in bold)
1Johnnie Carter for Community College Board1226264Johnnie Carter6/16/06$9,520.00$6,595.00$6,595.00
2Micheas HermanPEN788Micheas Herman6/26/06$100.00$100.00$100.00
3San Franciscans for Fair & Honest Government1258209Erik Howell10/20/06$4,659.22$4,659.22$4,659.22
4Myrna Viray Lim for District 11 Supervisor1256697Jia Jun Chen4/27/07$3,855.00$3,855.00$3,855.00
5Committee to Elect M. Valle for Treasurer1278937Manuel B. Valle6/14/07$5,525.00$5,525.00$5,525.00
6Committee to Elect Vilma Guinto-Peoro Supervisor District #21291394Vilma Guinto-Peoro6/18/07$10.00$10.00$10.00
7Bill Barnes for District 51265969Alix Rosenthal1/3/08$3,120$2.447.85$2,247.85
8Care Not Cash1244505Ronald Jin2/29/08$5,331$4,506$4,206
9Omar Khalif for Board of Educ.1287030Omar Khalif7/30/09$1,800$1,800$1,775
10Myrna Lim for District 11 Sup1306882Myrna Lim7/30/09$1,180$1,180$1,180
11Gregory StephensPEN196Gregory Stephens3/31/05$420$420$420
12San Francisco Women’s Political Committee1243711Giselle Barry5/16/06$1,906$50$50
13San Francisco Women’s Political Committee1243711Giselle Barry8/24/07$905$905$0

4. Revenues report.

For FY 10-11, the Commission is budgeted to generate $78,000 in revenues. As of August
3, 2010, the Commission received $7,883 as summarized below. The figure represents collection of approximately 10 percent of expected revenues for FY 10-11.

Revenues Received as of August 3, 2010:

SourceBudgeted Amount FY 10-11Receipts
Lobbyist Fees$8,000
Other Ethics General$1,000$35
Campaign Finance Fines$50,000$4,898
Campaign Consultant Fees$15,000$900
Lobbyist Fines$1,000
Statements of Economic Interests Fines$1,000
Other Ethics Fines$1,000$1,000
Campaign Consultant Fines$1,000$1,050
Total $78,000$7,883

5. Public financing/Campaign finance audit program.

As of August 4, 2010, 15 candidates for the Board of Supervisors have been certified as eligible to receive public funds. The Commission disbursed a total of $625,659 in public funds to the 15 eligible candidates. Three candidates’ applications for public funding are currently under review.

The next training for candidates is on August 19, 2010. This is the last of four trainings that the Commission scheduled for candidates running for office in November 2010.

6. Lobbyist program.

As of August 1, 2010, 41 individual lobbyists were registered with the Commission. In FY 10-11, there have been no lobbyist fees collected or fines assessed.

The August 2010 reporting deadline is August 15, 2010.

7. Campaign Consultant program.

As of August 2, 2010, thirty-one campaign consultants are active and registered with the Commission. $900 in registration fees and $1,050 in late fines have been collected in the 2010-2011 fiscal year. The next quarterly report is due Wednesday, September 15, 2010. Staff will mail reminder notices to all active campaign consultants two weeks prior to the deadline.

8. Outreach and Education.

On July 27, staff met with Masahiko Gobamtu from Japan, a guest of the Department of State and International Institute of Education, to discuss lobbying/election/campaign laws and the role that the Ethics Commission plays in enforcing them.

On August 2, staff met with a 20-member delegation of English teachers from the Shanaxi Technology and Science University in Xian, China. Currently in San Francisco for English training at the San Francisco State, the delegation paid a visit to our office to learn about the functions of the Ethics Commission.

On July 15, 2010, staff provided a Candidates’ Training.

Ethics Commission staff was asked to beta test the CCSF Trainer Network. The network was created by the Department of Human Resources (DHR) as a way of providing cross training materials and information to support trainers employed by the City. The network requested information and a possible future training on how to create affordable web training videos. Staff provided a summary of information on how to create web training videos on the network and may offer training to City trainers pending available time.

DHR also expressed interest in having our staff contribute information for future New Employee Orientations (NEO). In response, Ethics Commission staff created a brief informational sheet for new employees which would fit into a ten minute time frame as requested by DHR.

DHR is also in the early stages of developing a comprehensive NEO video which may include governmental ethics, conflicts of interest, Statement of Incompatible Activities, and Statement of Economic Interests information. The Ethics Commission staff created a ten minute slideshow with script that can be added to the NEO video.

The Commission continues to offer trainings on Statements of Incompatible Activities to City departments.

The following are the currently scheduled in-person trainings for 2010:
Candidates’ Training: August 19
Understanding Expenditure Ceilings: September 21

Respectfully submitted,

John St. Croix
Executive Director

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