John St. Croix
For release: July 12, 2011
SUMMARY OF ACTIONS TAKEN AT JULY 11, 2011 MEETING
At its meeting on July 11, 2011, the San Francisco Ethics Commission took the following action:
- Considered Ethics Complaint No. 01-100115 and concluded that Jewel Gomez, the President of the Library Commission, violated section 67.15 of the Sunshine Ordinance by not allowing Sue Cauthen to speak during public comment at the Library Commission’s June 4, 2009 meeting. The Commission voted 5-0 to send a letter to the Mayor, Ms. Gomez’s appointing authority, to express the Commission’s views that Ms. Gomez’s behavior was unacceptable and for disciplinary action, which may include removal.
- Considered and received public input on a possible response to the 2010-2011 Civil Grand Jury report, “San Francisco Ethics Commission: the Sleeping Watch Dog.” The Commission will continue its deliberations on this matter at its next regularly scheduled meeting on August 8.
- Announced that it had determined in a closed session that there is probable cause to believe that Regina Carey violated several provisions of the Campaign Consultant Ordinance, San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code section 1.500 et seq., during the election of November 2010. The Commission cautioned that respondent is presumed to be innocent unless and until such time that the allegations are proved in a subsequent hearing on the merits.
- Considered, received public comment on, and voted 4-1 to approve amendments to the Campaign Finance Reform Ordinance (CFRO), San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code section 1.100 et seq., relating to the City’s partial public financing program to place a cap on the amount of public funds that may be disbursed to each certified candidate.
The Commission’s next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, August 8, 2011, 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.