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Press Release – September 24, 2013 – Summary of Actions Taken at September 23, 2013 Regular Meeting

John St. Croix
(415) 252-3100

For release: September 24, 2013


At its regular meeting on September 23, 2013, the San Francisco Ethics Commission took the following actions:

  • By a vote of 3-1, determined that Respondents David Chiu, Malia Cohen, Eric Mar and Scott Wiener, members of the Board of Supervisors, did not commit a violation of the Sunshine Ordinance as alleged in Ethics Complaint No. 02-12042, referred from the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force to the Ethics Commission on April 2, 2012.
  • In considering proposed amendments to the Ethics Commission Regulations for Violations of the Sunshine Ordinance, took the following action:
    • By a vote of 4-0, approved language to clarify that each Respondent in a show-cause hearing on a complaint may make a five-minute statement and a three-minute rebuttal; each Complainant may make a five-minute statement; and parties in a show-cause hearing must submit documents to the Commission no later than five business days before the hearing; and
    • By a vote of 4-0, approved an amendment to the title so that it reads “Ethics Commission Regulations for Handling Violations of the Sunshine Ordinance.
  • Began consideration of but did not take action on the draft annual report for July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013.
  • Conducted the annual performance review of the Executive Director.

The next regular meeting of the Commission will be held on Monday, October 28, 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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