SAN FRANCISCO ETHICS COMMISSION
NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING
March 9, 2012 8:30 A.M.
Room 400 City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco
- Call to order and roll call.
- Consideration of amendments to legislation to amend 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. At its January 23, 2012 meeting the Commission approved legislation sponsored 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 amendments. On February 28, 2012, the Board of Supervisors approved several amendments to the legislation – notably changing the way the Election Campaign Fund is financed, the amount of the initial individual expenditure ceiling for Mayoral candidates and the amount of public funds available to Mayoral candidates. A staff memo on the amendments, as well as the draft legislation, will be available at the Commission office and on its website. (Additional Changes, Public Finance Proposal Memo – March 8, 2012) (Discussion and possible action.)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, 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.sfgov.org/ethics