Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

Press Release – September 25, 2012 – Summary of Actions Taken at September 24, 2012 Meeting

Contact:
John St. Croix
(415) 252-3100

For release: September 25, 2012

SUMMARY OF ACTIONS TAKEN AT SEPTEMBER 24, 2012 MEETING

At its regular meeting on September 24, 2012, the San Francisco Ethics Commission took the following actions:

  • Considered and received public comment on staff’s draft regulations regarding enforcement of Sunshine Ordinance complaints.  The Commission will continue its discussion of the regulations at a future meeting.
  • Considered and by a vote of 4-0, approved a follow-up letter to Mayor Ed Lee to inquire what action he has taken or will take regarding Jewelle Gomez, the President of the San Francisco Library Commission.   The Commission had previously recommended that the Mayor consider the removal of Ms. Gomez because the Commission determined that she willfully violated the Sunshine Ordinance and that her actions fell below the standards of appropriate conduct for public officials. 
  • Began consideration of reports drafted by the San Jose City Attorney’s Office regarding two complaints that alleged willful violations of the Sunshine Ordinance by staff at the Ethics Commission and Controller’s Office.  The Commission will continue its consideration of this matter at a future meeting.
  • Announced a settlement in Complaint No. 02-110505, in which Alex Tourk, principal of Ground Floor Public Affairs, agreed to pay a sum of $6,000 for failing to report lobbyist activities.

The next regular meeting of the Commission will be held on Monday, October 22, 2012 in Room 400 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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