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Agenda – January 10, 2011


January 10, 2011 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 Ethics Complaint No. 01-100115, alleging that the Library Commission, through its representative Secretary Sue Blackman, violated Sunshine Ordinance sections 67.15(a) and 67.34 by failing to allow public comment at a Library Commission meeting, and section 67.12(e) by failing to send a knowledgeable representative to Task Force hearings.  The Commission will deliberate regarding staff's recommendations related to the complaint.  A staff report will be available at the Commission’s office and on its website.  (Discussion and possible action.)
  4. Consideration of possible amendments to the Campaign Consultant Ordinance (“Ordinance”), San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code section 1.500 et seq.  The Commission will continue its consideration of proposed amendments that include but are not limited to adding language to permit the Commission and the Board of Supervisors to approve changes to the Ordinance; changing the definitions of “candidate,” “measure,” “economic consideration,” and “vendor;”  amending the “prohibitions” section; and amending provisions regarding administrative and civil enforcement and penalties.  The draft amendments and a staff memo will be available at the Commission’s office and on its website.  (Discussion and possible action.)
  5. Possible retention of the Oakland City Attorney's Office as legal counsel to advise the Ethics Commission on matters that directly involve the election or campaign in the November 2011 municipal election for Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco, as described in the San Francisco City Attorney’s August 27, 2010 memorandum titled "Legal Advice on Matters Concerning the Mayor’s Race."  (Discussion and possible action.)
  6. Closed session.  (Discussion and possible action.)

    Closed session held pursuant to Charter section C3.699-13, Brown Act section 54956.9 (a) and (c) and Sunshine Ordinance section 67.10(d) to discuss existing litigation as potential amicus curiae.

    Conference with Legal Counsel: Existing litigation as potential amicus curiae in support of respondents

    Number of cases: 1

    McComish et al. v. Bennett et al., U.S. Supreme Court Docket No. 10-239, cert. granted Nov. 29, 2010

  7. Discussion and vote regarding closed session action and deliberations.  (Discussion and possible action.)

    Discussion and vote pursuant to Brown Act section 54957.1 and Sunshine Ordinance section 67.12 on whether to disclose any action taken or discussions held in closed session regarding existing litigation.

    Motion:  The Ethics Commission finds that it is in the best interests of the public (not) to disclose its closed session deliberations re: existing litigation. 

  8. Minutes of the Commission’s regular meeting of December 13, 2010.   (Discussion and possible action.)
  9. 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.)
  10. Items for future meetings.  Commissioners may propose items for future agendas and the Commission may determine the priority of these items.  (Discussion.)
  11. Public comment on matters appearing or not appearing on the agenda that are within the jurisdiction of the Ethics Commission.
  12. 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 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



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