SAN FRANCISCO ETHICS COMMISSION
NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING
July 18, 2012 5:00 P.M. (Room 416),
July 19, 2012 5:00 P.M. (Room 416),
August 16, 2012 9:00 A.M. (Room 263)
Room 263 or 416 City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco
NOTICE: Please note that these are not the times or rooms of the Commission’s regular meetings.
The Commission will continue its hearing on the Mirkarimi matter beginning on July 18 and will determine each day whether to continue this matter to another day pursuant to the schedule listed above. The Commission is expected to consider all matters relevant to this hearing, including stipulations, sworn declarations, direct testimony and questions and responses made on cross examination. The Commission may make procedural and substantive comments or rulings regarding such evidence.
Although public comment is not evidence and therefore cannot be considered by the Commission in making its determinations in this matter, there will be an opportunity for public comment after the evidentiary phase of the hearing is complete. Because this is a continuing meeting for the sole purpose of holding this hearing, the Commission will not take public comment each day of the continuing meeting.
The documents submitted for this proceeding are available on the Commission’s website. They will also be made available for sharing at the Commission’s meeting – the Commission regrets that it has insufficient resources to make hard copies available for all members of the public.
- Call to order and roll call.
- The Ethics Commission will continue its hearing on charges of official misconduct pending against Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi. Under Charter Section 15.105, when the Mayor suspends an elective officer, “The Ethics Commission shall hold a hearing not less than five days after the filing of written charges. After the hearing, the Ethics Commission shall transmit the full record of the hearing to the Board of Supervisors with a recommendation as to whether the charges should be sustained.” Attorneys representing the Mayor and the Sheriff have filed papers with the Ethics Commission relating to identified issues, fact and expert witnesses, and other matters set forth at the Commission’s April 23, 2012, May 29, 2012, June 19, 2012, June 28, 2012 and June 29, 2012 meetings. Among other things, the Commission will continue to address the issues raised in the briefs and objections to evidence and witnesses; and consider sworn declarations, direct testimony and questions raised on and responses to cross-examination, as well as the parties’ agreed-upon factual stipulations. There will be an opportunity for public comment on this item after the evidentiary phase is complete, when the Commission will begin its deliberations to formulate its recommendations to the Board of Supervisors as required under the Charter. (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 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 firstname.lastname@example.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