Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

Summary of Actions Taken at April 27, 2015 Regular Meeting

Contact: John St. Croix (415) 252-3100
For release: April 28, 2015

At its regular meeting on April 27, 2015, the San Francisco Ethics Commission took the following actions:

  • By a vote of 4-1 (Hur dissenting), the Commission ordered staff not to send its proposed letter to Supervisor Mark Farrell withdrawing its notice of forfeiture dated December 9, 2014.  The Commission also voted 4-1 (Keane dissenting) to allow staff, if it chooses, to present a revised forfeiture withdrawal letter to the Commission by its next regular meeting.
  • By a vote of 5-0, the Commission found that Rebekah Krell, the Deputy Director of the Arts Commission, committed a non-willful violation of the Sunshine Ordinance by failing to cite a specific exemption to justify the non-disclosure of a public record.  The Commission also voted 5-0 to continue the matter until its next regular meeting so that the Commission could review in camera the withheld document at issue.
  • Discussed the search for a replacement for Executive Director John St. Croix, who has tendered his resignation. Chairman Renne appointed Commissioner Andrews and himself to an ad hoc committee of the Commission to work with the Department of Human Resources in connection with the replacement search.  The Commission will also discuss this issue at its next regular meeting in order to solicit public input.
  • Chairman Renne appointed Commissioner Keane to an ad hoc committee of the Commission to explore aspects of Proposition J from 2000 and the imposition of reporting requirements for “expenditure lobbyists” via a measure on the November 2015 ballot.  Commissioner Keane was directed to report back to the Commission at its next regular meeting.

The next regular meeting of the Commission will be held on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 in Room 416 City Hall at 5:30 pm.

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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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