Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

Summary of Actions Taken and Matters Discussed at October 26, 2015 Regular Meeting

Contact: Jesse Mainardi, (415) 252-3100
For release: October 27, 2015

At its regular meeting on October 26, 2015, the San Francisco Ethics Commission did the following:

  • Dismissed a complaint alleging a violation of San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code section 3.218 (incompatible activities), after concluding that there was no probable cause to believe that a violation of City law had occurred.
  • Approved the Commission’s Annual Report for July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015, subject to revisions to be approved by Chair Paul Renne.
  • Dismissed two complaints alleging violations of:
    1. California Government Code section 84211 (failure to report independent expenditures), and San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code sections 1.152(a) (failure to file “24 hour” report), 1.160.5 (failure to report persuasion poll), and 1.161(a) (failure to include proper disclaimers on campaign signs); and
    2. San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code section 1.161 (failure to include disclaimers), California Government Code sections 84101 (failure to register as a committee), 84203 (failure to file a late contribution report), and 84200.5 (failure to file pre-election statement).
  • Approved a Stipulation, Decision and Order and a penalty of $3,500 with respect to Ethics Complaint No. 08-150311.  The Respondent in that matter, Janan New, failed to timely report lobbying contacts, in violation of Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code section 2.110.  A copy of the Stipulation, Decision and Order will be posted to the Commission’s website.
  • Approved a Stipulation, Decision and Order and a penalty of $5,500 with respect to Ethics Complaint No. 12-150609.  The Respondent in that matter, Gary Delagnes, failed to timely register and file a lobbyist disclosure report, in violation of Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code section 2.110.  A copy of the Stipulation, Decision and Order will be posted to the Commission’s website.

The Commission is scheduled to hold a special meeting on Friday, November 13, 2015 in Room 400 of City Hall at 9:00 am.  The next regular meeting of the Commission is scheduled for Monday, November 23, 2015 in Room 400 of 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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