Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

Press Release – September 13, 2011 – Summary of Actions Taken at September 12, 2011 Meeting

Contact:
John St. Croix
(415) 252-3100

For release: September 13, 2011

SUMMARY OF ACTIONS TAKEN AT SEPTEMBER 12, 2011 MEETING

At its meeting on September 12, 2011, the San Francisco Ethics Commission took the following action:

  • Received public comment and comments from the Acting City Administrator and the Chief Medical Examiner regarding a provision in the General Service Agency’s (“GSA”) Statement of Incompatible Activities governing the outside activities of officers and employees of the Office of the Medical Examiner.  After its discussion and consideration of public testimony, the Commission did not propose any amendments to the provision but recommended that the GSA develop clearer criteria regarding its review of advance written determinations. 
  • By a vote of 4-0, approved a request by former Deputy City Attorney Thomas Long for waivers from the post-employment bans against representing a non-City party before a court or administrative agency on matters in which he represented the City and against communicating with his former City department for one year with the intent to influence a governmental decision.  The Commission adopted staff’s recommendations supporting the waiver for appearances before a court or administrative agency and limiting the waiver of the one-year ban to Mr. Long’s communications on behalf of his current employer, The Utility Reform Network (“TURN”). 
  • By a vote of 4-0, approved amendments to Ethics Commission Enforcement Regulations sections VI.A and XIV.C to permit the Commission to calendar proposed dismissals or settlements of enforcement matters based on the request of one, rather than two, Commissioners.
  • By a vote of 4-0, approved with amendments, a draft annual report for Fiscal Year 2010-2011.

The Commission’s next scheduled meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. in Room 416 City Hall.  This will be a regular meeting of the Commission but held on a different day and room because of the holiday that occurs on the second Monday of October.

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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.

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