SAN FRANCISCO ETHICS COMMISSION
NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING
February 23, 2015, 5:30 P.M.
Room 400 City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco
- Call to order and roll call.
- Public comment on matters appearing or not appearing on the agenda that are within the jurisdiction of the Ethics Commission. (Attachment: Email from Larry Bush.)
- Presentation by San Francisco State University students Kristen Wolslegel and Jeffrey Thorsby regarding their campaign finance data visualization project regarding the November 4, 2014 election. (Discussion.)
- Discussion and possible action on public finance report. After each election cycle involving publicly-financed races, staff makes a report on execution of the public financing program for that election cycle. At this meeting, staff will present a report on the 2014 election cycle. (Attachment: draft 2014 Public Finance Report.)
- Discussion and possible action regarding a proposed amendment to Commission regulation 1.142-2, which would allow staff to implement an electronic filing system for candidates participating in the City’s public financing program. (Attachment: Staff Memoranda including proposed amendment.)
- Discussion and possible action regarding potential additional amendments to the San Francisco Campaign Finance Reform Ordinance. (Attachments: Staff Memoranda including attachments; Letter and Email from Friends of Ethics.)
- Discussion and possible action regarding an amendment to the changes to the San Francisco Campaign Finance Reform Ordinance which were approved by the Commission at its January 26, 2015 meeting. The amendment imposes the same font size requirements for disclaimers on smaller written communications on both independent expenditures and electioneering communications. (Attachment: Staff Memoranda including proposed amendment.)
- Discussion with City Attorney’s Office regarding potential litigation against local committees, including Common Sense Voters, SF 2010; Vote for Mark Farrell for District 2 Supervisor, for violations of local campaign finance laws. Possible Closed Session. (Attachments: Letters from Charles H. Bell, Jr. and James R. Sutton)
- Public comment on all matters pertaining to Agenda Item VIII, including whether to meet in closed session.
- Vote on whether to assert attorney-client privilege and meet in closed session under California Government Code section 54956.9 and Sunshine Ordinance section 67.10(d) to discuss anticipated litigation: San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code section 1.114. (Action.)
- Conference with Legal Counsel: Anticipated litigation. (Discussion.)
Number of possible cases: 1
- If closed session is held, reconvene in open session.
- Discussion and vote pursuant to Brown Act section 54957.1 and Sunshine Ordinance section 67.12 on whether to disclose any action taken or discussions held in closed session regarding anticipated litigation. (Discussion and possible action.)
Motion: The Ethics Commission moves (not) to disclose its closed session deliberations re: anticipated litigation.
- Discussion and possible action on the minutes of the Commission’s meeting of January 26, 2015. (Attachment: January 26, 2015 draft minutes.)
- 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.)
- Items for future meetings. Commissioners may propose items for future agendas and the Commission may determine the priority of these items. (Discussion.)
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 accessible to persons using wheelchairs and other assistive mobility devices. Ramps are available at the Grove, Van Ness and McAllister entrances. 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 request assistive listening devices, real time captioning, sign language interpreters, readers, large print agendas or other accommodations, please contact the Ethics Commission at (415) 252-3100 or firstname.lastname@example.org at least 72 hours in advance 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.
Language Access: Per the Language Access Ordinance (Chapter 91 of the San Francisco Administrative Code), Chinese, Spanish and or Filipino (Tagalog) interpreters will be available upon requests. Meeting Minutes may be translated, if requested, after they have been adopted by the Commission. Assistance in additional languages may be honored whenever possible. To request assistance with these services please contact at (415) 252-3100 or email@example.com at least 48 hours in advance of the hearing. Late requests will be honored if possible.
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 http://www.sfgov.org
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: www.sfgov.org/ethics.