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Agenda – January 23, 2012

January 23, 2012 5:30 P.M.
Room 400 City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco

NOTE: This is a new time of the month and place for regular meetings of the Ethics Commission.

  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. Proposed amendments to the Statement of Incompatible Activities (SIA) for the San Francisco Public Library. At its May 9, 2011 meeting, the Commission considered amendments to the Library's SIA proposed by Library staff, and directed staff and the Library to consider whether the SIA should retain certain provisions governing officers of the Library. The Commission will consider staff's recommendations at this meeting. A staff report is available at the Commission office as well as on the Commission website. (Discussion and possible action.)
  4. Consideration of possible amendments to the Campaign Finance Reform Ordinance ("CFRO"), San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code section 1.100 et seq., related to the public financing programs for candidates for the Board of Supervisors and Mayor. The Commission will consider draft amendments to legislation by Supervisor Jane Kim to change the qualification thresholds for eligibility of candidates to receive public funds, increase the amount of available public funds, change the formula for matching public funds, delay the disbursement date for public funds, increase the expenditure ceilings, and retain adjustable expenditure ceilings but eliminate additional matching funds above a candidate's initial ceiling, as well as other possible amendments. A staff memo on the draft proposal, as well as the draft legislation, will be available at the Commission office and on its website. (Discussion and possible action.)
  5. Budget discussion. A proposed Ethics Commission budget for the Fiscal Year beginning on July 1, 2012 is due on February 21, 2012. Commissioners will review staff's recommendations and provide guidance in preparing the budget submission for FY 2012-2013. (Discussion and possible action.)
  6. Minutes of the Commission's regular meeting of December 11, 2011. (Discussion and possible action.)
  7. 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, revenues, 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.)
  8. Items for future meetings. Commissioners may propose items for future agendas and the Commission may determine the priority of these items. (Discussion.)
  9. Public comment on matters appearing or not appearing on the agenda that are within the jurisdiction of the Ethics Commission.
  10. 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 and entities that 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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