Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

Summary of Actions Taken and Matters Discussed at November 23, 2015 Regular Meeting

Contact: Jesse Mainardi, (415)252-3100
For release: November 24, 2015

SUMMARY OF ACTIONS TAKEN AND MATTERS DISCUSSED
AT NOVEMBER 23, 2015 REGULAR MEETING

At its regular meeting on November 23, 2015, the San Francisco Ethics Commission did the following:

  • Unanimously selected LeeAnn Pelham to serve as its next Executive Director.  Ms. Pelham previously served from 2001 to 2011 as the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Ethics Commission where she had been employed in various staff positions from 1991 until assuming her duties as its Executive Director.  Ms. Pelham will assume her duties on January 4, 2016.
  • Discussed and took public comment on the implementation of Proposition C, which the Commission placed on the ballot and the voters subsequently approved in the November 3, 2015 election.  Effective February 1, 2016, Proposition C will impose registration and reporting requirements on “expenditure lobbyists” that urge the public to lobby City officials.  The Commission directed staff to hold an interested persons meeting regarding its implementation in mid-December, and to report back to the Commission at its January 5, 2016 special meeting.
  • Discussed and took public comment on items the Commission may consider at future meetings, including future ballot measures.
  • Approved the Commission’s Annual Report for July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015, as revised by staff and Chair Paul Renne, subject to the addition of a reference to the Commission’s performance measures.

The Commission is scheduled to hold a special meeting on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 in Room 416 of City Hall at 9:00 am.  The next regular meeting of the Commission is scheduled for Monday, January 25, 2016 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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