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Press Release – July 23, 2013 – Summary of Actions Taken at July 22, 2013 Regular Meeting

John St. Croix
(415) 252-3100

For release: July 23, 2013


At its regular meeting on July 22, 2013, the San Francisco Ethics Commission took the following actions:

  • By a vote of 3-0, denied a request from Cass Calder Smith, one of two architects who occupy an architect’s seat on the San Francisco Arts Commission, who sought a waiver from the contract ban under San Francisco Campaign and Government Conduct Code section 3.222.  Under section 3.222, during his or her term of office, no officer may enter into a contract with the City where the amount of the contract exceeds $10,000.
  • By a vote of 3-0, approved policies related to the handling and settlement of violations of certain provisions of the Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code related to:  the receipt by candidate committees of contributions that exceed $500 per contributor or that are from corporations; the disclosure of the full name, street address and occupation of contributors who contribute $100 or more; the contribution limits that apply to contributors; the loan limits that apply to candidates for City elective office; and the disclosure requirements on mass mailings, electioneering communications and campaign advertisements.  The procedures adopted by the Commission are designed to result in a more expeditious handling of violations of such provisions of the law. 
  • Discussed expenditure lobbyists and directed staff to prepare legislation to provide for the gathering of information related to expenditure lobbyists, to be considered at a future meeting.

The next regular meeting of the Commission will be held on Monday, September 23, 2013 in Room 400 City Hall.  The Commission’s regular meeting, scheduled for August 26, 2013, has been cancelled.


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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