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Press Release – January 29, 2013 – Summary of Actions Taken at January 28, 2013 Meeting

John St. Croix
(415) 252-3100

For release:
January 29, 2013


At its regular meeting on January 28, 2013, the San Francisco Ethics Commission took the following actions:

  • By a vote of 5-0, approved draft regulations to the Ethics Commission’s Regulations for Investigations and Enforcement Proceedings to delete references to violations of the Sunshine Ordinance, which will be handled under separate regulations, and to make other conforming changes. 
  • By separate 4-0 votes, held that three pages of email reflecting internal communications between Commission staff should be disclosed, and that the failure of the Executive Director to release them was not a willful violation of the Sunshine Ordinance.
  • By a vote of 5-0, directed the Executive Director to submit a budget that does not include ongoing savings equal to 1.5 percent of base General Fund support for FY 2013-14 and an additional 1.15 percent of base General Fund for FY 2014-15.
  • Announced that the Commission found probable cause to believe that Cesar Ascarrunz and Bessie Natareno, the treasurer of the Committee to Elect Cesar Ascarrunz for Mayor of San Francisco 2011, committed 34 violations of the San Francisco Campaign Finance Reform Ordinance.

The next regular meeting of the Commission will be held on Monday, February 25, 2013 in Room 400 City Hall.


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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