Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

Press Release – January 24, 2012 – Summary of Actions Taken at January 23, 2012 Regular Meeting

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

For release: January 24, 2012

SUMMARY OF ACTIONS TAKEN AT JANUARY 23, 2012 REGULAR MEETING

At its regular meeting on January 23, 2012, the San Francisco Ethics Commission took the following action:

  • Considered proposed amendments to delete certain provisions in the Statement of Incompatible Activities (SIA) for the San Francisco Public Library.  The Commission asked staff to consider modifying rather than deleting certain provisions in the SIA. 
  • Received testimony and by a vote of 4-0, approved 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 draft amendments, which were the product of  work with members of the Board of Supervisors, will establish new qualification requirements for candidates, set the amount of public funds that may be disbursed, delay the disbursement date of public funds, change the qualifying and matching funds formula, and continue with an adjustable individual expenditure ceiling.  Supervisor Jane Kim, who testified at the hearing, is expected to introduce the amendments at the Board.  Under  CFRO section 1.103, the Board may amend the CFRO if the amendment furthers the purposes of the CFRO, the Ethics Commission approves the proposed amendment in advance by at least a four-fifths vote of all its members, the proposed amendment is available for public review at least 30 days before it is considered by the Board or any of its committee; and the Board approves the proposed amendment by at least a two-thirds vote of all its members. 
  • By a vote of 4-0, approved a draft budget for the Commission for FY 12-14. 

The Commission’s next scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, February 27, 2012, at 5:30 p.m. in Room 400 City Hall.  

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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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