Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

Press Release – June 20, 2012 – Summary of Actions Taken at June 19, 2012 Meeting – AMENDED

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John St. Croix
(415) 252-3100

SUMMARY OF ACTIONS TAKEN AT JUNE 19, 2012 MEETING- AMENDED

At its special meeting on June 19, 2012, the San Francisco Ethics Commission began the evidentiary phase of the hearing on the charges of official misconduct pending against Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi.  The Commission took the following interim actions:

  • With respect to the declarations filed by the Mayor’s and the Sheriff’s witnesses, the Commission sustained, modified or overruled various objections by the parties (these rulings will be detailed in a subsequent document);
  • Approved the following schedule:
    Due Date Item

    June 20, 2012

    • Both parties to exchange exhibit lists and submit documentary evidence that was not provided with declarations

    June 22, 2012

    • The Sheriff to provide objections to the declarations of Ivory Madison and Abraham Mertens
    • Both parties to provide objections to expert declarations
    • Both parties to provide notice of demand to cross-examine experts 

    June 25, 2012

    • The parties to provide objections to the exhibit lists
    • The parties to meet and confer regarding the objections to the declarations of Madison and Mertens

    June 26, 2012

    • The Mayor to respond on the objections to the declarations of Madison and Mertens
    • The Sheriff to provide a brief, if any, regarding the video of Eliana Lopez

    June 28, 2012

    Ethics Commission meeting:

    • Commission is expected to address
      • objections to exhibit lists;
      • objections to the Madison and Mertens declarations;
      • objections to expert declarations; and
      • the admissibility of Mayor’s Exhibit 4, the video of Eliana Lopez
    • Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi is expected to provide live testimony

    June 29, 2012

    Ethics Commission meeting:

    • Mayor Ed Lee is expected to provide live testimony
    • Experts may provide live testimony

    July 18 and 19, 2012

    Parties to be available for possible Ethics Commission meetings

    By a vote of 5-0, the Commission approved the above interim decisions made regarding evidence and scheduling.  This special meeting will continue on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 263 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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