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Agenda – July 28, 2014

(Updated on 7/28/14: Added supporting document to Item IV.)

July 28, 2014, 5:30 P.M.
Room 400 City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco

NOTICE: The Commission will hold a special meeting to consider the report of the Civil Grand Jury on Monday, August 18 at 10:00 am in Room 416 of City Hall.

  1. Call to order and roll call.
  2. Public comment on matters appearing or not appearing on the agenda that are within the jurisdiction of the Ethics Commission.
  3. Discussion and possible action on a matter submitted under Chapter Three of the Ethics Commission Regulations for Violations of the Sunshine Ordinance. (Attachments: Memorandum to Commission, Hearing Notices, Report and Recommendation, and Appendices A-C.)
    1. Ethics Complaint No. 02-140228, hearing regarding alleged willful violation of the Sunshine Ordinance by a department head (referred from the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force on February 28, 2014, Sunshine Ordinance Task Force complaint number 13024.)
      Complainant: Mica Ringel
      Respondent: John Rahaim, Director, Planning Department
  4. Discussion and possible action on a request for two waivers from Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code section 3.222. Leo Chow, who occupies one of two designated architect seats on the Arts Commission, has requested two waivers from section 3.222, which bars members of boards and commissions from entering into contracts with the City where the contract amount exceeds $10,000. (Attachments: waiver request from Mr. Chow; letter from Tom DeCaigny and JD Beltran; July 23, 2014 staff memo; text of Section 3.222; draft resolution; email from Nicole Wheaton.)
  5. Discussion and possible action regarding the adoption of draft regulations related to the Lobbyist Ordinance and to new requirements for permit consultants and developers of major City real estate projects. These regulations are intended to interpret and otherwise implement the Lobbyist Ordinance, including recent amendments effective July 26, 2014, and the new permit consultant and developer requirements by providing guidance with respect to reporting requirements, lobbying contacts, and lobbyist fundraising, among other things. (Attachments: July 23, 2014 staff memo; draft regulations; recent legislative changes to Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code.)
  6. Discussion and possible action on the minutes of the Commission’s meeting of June 23, 2014. (Attachment: June 23, 2014 draft minutes.)
  7. Discussion of Executive Director’s Report. An update of important Ethics Commission staff activities since the previous monthly meeting. The written report, which is available at the Commission office and on its website, covers the investigation and enforcement program, revenues, campaign finance disclosure program, revenues, public financing/campaign finance audit program, lobbyist program, campaign consultant program, and outreach and education. Any of these subjects may potentially be part of the Director’s presentation or discussed by the Commission. (Attachment: Executive Director’s Report.)
  8. Items for future meetings. Commissioners may propose items for future agendas and the Commission may determine the priority of these items. (Discussion.)
  9. Adjournment.

There will be an opportunity for public comment on each agenda item.

Materials contained in the Commission packets for meetings are available for inspection and copying during regular office hours at the Ethics Commission, 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 220, at least 72 hours prior to meetings. Any materials distributed to members of the Ethics Commission within 72 hours of the meeting or after the agenda packet has been delivered to the members are available for public inspection at the Ethics Commission, 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 220, San Francisco, during normal office hours.

Cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices: The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices are prohibited at this meeting. The Chair may order the removal from the meeting room of any person responsible for the ringing or use of a cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices.

Disability Access: The Ethics Commission meeting will be held in Room 400, City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA. The Commission meeting room is wheelchair accessible. The closest accessible BART station is the Civic Center Station at United Nations Plaza and Market Street. Accessible MUNI lines serving this location are: #42 Downtown Loop, and #71 Haight/Noriega and the F Line to Market and Van Ness and the Metro Stations at Van Ness and Market and at Civic Center. For information about MUNI accessible services call (415) 923-6142. There is accessible curbside parking adjacent to City Hall on Grove Street and Van Ness Avenue and in the vicinity of the Veterans Building at 401 Van Ness Avenue adjacent to Davies Hall and the War Memorial Complex.

To obtain a disability-related modification or accommodation, including auxiliary aids or services, to participate in a meeting, please contact the Ethics Commission at least 48 hours before the meeting, except for Monday meetings, for which the deadline is 4:00 p.m. the previous Friday. Late requests will be honored, if possible. Services available on request include the following: American sign language interpreters or the use of a reader during a meeting, a sound enhancement system, and/or alternative formats of the agenda and minutes. Please contact the Ethics Commission (415) 252-3100 to make arrangements for a disability-related modification or accommodation.

Chemical-Based Products: 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.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THE SUNSHINE ORDINANCE (Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code): Government's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decisions 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 SUNSHINE ORDINANCE, CONTACT THE SUNSHINE ORDINANCE TASK FORCE, City Hall, Room 244, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102-4689; phone: (415) 554-7724; fax: (415) 554-7854; email: SOTF@SFGOV.ORG. Copies of the Sunshine Ordinance can be obtained from the Clerk of the Sunshine Task Force, at the San Francisco Public Library, and on the City's website at

Lobbyist Registration and Reporting Requirements: Individuals who influence or attempt to influence local policy or administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance (San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code sections 2.100 – 2.160) 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 website:


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