Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

Agenda – Notice of Special Meeting – September 11, 2012

September 11, 2012 3:00 P.M.
Room 416 City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco

  1. Call to order and roll call.
  2. Consideration of draft report to the Board of Supervisors in the matter of the 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." At its meetings of April 23, 2012; May 29, 2012; June 19, 2012; June 28, 2012; June 29, 2012; July 18, 2012; July 19, 2012; and August 16, 2012, the Commission addressed, among other things, procedural and evidentiary issues, the parties' briefs, objections to evidence and witnesses, sworn declarations, direct testimony and questions raised on and responses to cross-examination, and the parties' agreed-upon factual stipulations. At its meeting on August 16, after receiving public comment and hearing argument from the parties, the Commission voted to recommend to the Board of Supervisors that it sustain Counts 4 and 5 of the Amended Charges of Official Misconduct based upon Sheriff Mirkarimi's conduct that occurred on December 31, 2011 and his subsequent conviction for false imprisonment. The Commission also authorized the preparation of a summary document of the findings of the Commission, which will be reviewed and ratified by the Commission at this meeting. Counsel for the parties will have the opportunity to comment on the draft report, should they wish to do so. A copy of the draft report will be available from the Commission office and on its website. (Discussion and possible action.)
  3. Minutes of the special meetings of April 23, 2012; May 29, 2012; June 19, 2012; June 28, 2012; June 29, 2012; July 18, 2012; July 19, 2012; and August 16, 2012. (Discussion and possible action.)
  4. IV. 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 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,

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

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