Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

Agenda – March 26, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO ETHICS COMMISSION
NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING
March 26, 2012 5:30 P.M.
and AGENDA
Room 400 City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco

NOTICE: There will be no business conducted at this meeting related to the Mayor’s suspension of the Sheriff.

  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. Selection of Random Audits of 2011 Committees. Staff estimates that it will have time and resources to conduct five random audits of non-publicly financed candidate, ballot measure and general purpose committees that were active in the 2011 election. The Commission may choose these five committees on a random basis at this meeting. (Discussion and possible action.)
  4. Staff presentation of public finance report. After each election cycle involving publicly-financed races, staff makes a report on execution of the public financing program for that election cycle. At this meeting, staff will present a report on the 2011 election cycle. The report is available at the Commission office as well as on the Commission website. (Discussion and possible action.)
  5. Proposed amendments to the Statement of Incompatible Activities (SIA) for the San Francisco Public Library. At its last meeting, the Commission initially approved amendments to the Library's SIA. Since then, the City has met and conferred with the unions that represent employees who are governed by the SIA. At this meeting, the Commission will consider final approval of the amendments. A staff report is available at the Commission office as well as on the Commission website. (Discussion and possible action.)
  6. Minutes of the Commission's regular meeting of February 27, 2012 and special meeting of March 9, 2012. (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 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 Andrea Ausberry 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 sotf@sfgov.org. Citizens interested in obtaining a free copy of the Sunshine Ordinance can request a copy from Ms. Ausberry or by printing Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code on the Internet, http://www.sfgov.org/sunshine/

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 www.sfethics.org

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