Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

Agenda – December 13, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO ETHICS COMMISSION
NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING
December 13, 2010 5:30 P.M.
and AGENDA
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 possible amendments to the Campaign Consultant Ordinance (“Ordinance”), San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code section 1.500 et seq.  Staff will propose several amendments to the Ordinance, including but not limited to modifying the definition of a campaign consultant, requiring disclosures to be made electronically and on a monthly basis, making additions to the findings, adding language to permit the Commission and the Board of Supervisors to approve changes to the Ordinance, deleting certain disclosure requirements, changing the registration fee amount, deleting client fees, establishing a training requirement, and providing for audits of campaign consultant records.  The draft amendments and a staff memo will be available at the Commission’s office and on its website.  (Discussion and possible action.)
  4. Election of Vice-chair – Commissioner Susan Harriman resigned from the Commission on November 18, 2010.  The Commission may, if it chooses, select a replacement Vice-chair at this time to serve until February, 2011.  (Discussion and possible action.)
  5. Minutes of the Commission’s special meeting of October 18, 2010.   (Discussion and possible action.)
  6. 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, 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.)
  7. Items for future meetings.  Commissioners may propose items for future agendas and the Commission may determine the priority of these items.  (Discussion.)
  8. Public comment on matters appearing or not appearing on the agenda that are within the jurisdiction of the Ethics Commission.
  9. 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 sotf@sfgov.org.  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, http://www.sfgov.org/sunshine/

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 who 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  www.sfethics.org.

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