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Agenda – January 25, 2016

January 25, 2016, 5:30 P.M.
Room 400, City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco

  1. Call to order and roll call.
  2. Public comment on matters appearing or not appearing on the agenda.
  3. Discussion and possible action on request for waivers from local post-employment restrictions, submitted by Evan Gross, a former Deputy City Attorney.
    Attachments: January 21, 2016 staff memorandum; January 11, 2016 e-mail and supporting documentation from Mr. Gross; January 15, 2016 e-mail from Deputy City Attorney Charles Sullivan; January 19, 2016 e-mail from Olson Lee; January 18, 2016 e-mail from Dan Adams; January 20,2016 e-mail from Katie Lamont; Chapter II of San Francisco Campaign & Governmental Conduct Code; Ethics Commission Regulations Related to Conflicts of Interest.
  4. Discussion and possible action regarding draft regulations for implementation of Proposition C, which imposes new registration and reporting requirements on expenditure lobbyists. 
    Attachment:  January 21, 2016 Staff Memorandum including draft regulations and attachments.
  5. Discussion and possible action regarding assessment of the City’s Whistleblower Protection Ordinance, Article IV, Chapter 1 of the Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code.
    Attachments:   January 20, 2016 Memorandum from Commissioner Ben Hur and Former Acting Executive Director Jesse Mainardi, and the 2014-15 Civil Grand Jury report, “San Francisco’s Whistleblower Protection Ordinance is in Need of Change.”
  6. Discussion and possible action on proposed Ethics Commission’s budget for FY 2016-17 and FY 2017-18.
    Attachment:  January 22, 2016 Staff Memorandum and attachments.
  7. Discussion and possible action regarding the Ethics Commission’s referral to the Bureau of Delinquent Revenue of forfeiture concerning Supervisor Mark Farrell.
    Attachments:  Letter from Ethics Commission to Bureau of Delinquent Revenue, dated July 8, 2015; Letter from Mr. James Sutton to Office of Treasurer & Tax Collector, dated November 4, 2015.
    Possible Closed Session.

    1. Public comment on all matters pertaining to Agenda Item VII, including whether to meet in closed session.
    2. Vote on whether to assert attorney-client privilege and meet in closed session under Brown Act section 54956.9 and Sunshine Ordinance section 67.10(d) to discuss anticipated litigation as plaintiff. (Action.)
    3. Conference with Legal Counsel: Anticipated litigation as plaintiff. (Discussion and possible action.)
      Number of possible cases: 1
    4. If closed session is held, reconvene in open session.
    5. 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 as plaintiff.  (Discussion and possible action.)
      Motion: The Ethics Commission moves (not) to disclose its closed session deliberations re: anticipated litigation.
  8. Discussion and possible action on items for future meetings.
  9. Discussion of Executive Director’s Report.  An update of various programmatic and operational highlights of Ethics Commission staff activities since the Commission’s previous monthly meeting.  The written report, which is available at the Commission office and on its website, covers a range of topics such the campaign finance disclosure and public finding programs,  audit program, lobbyist program, campaign consultant program, permit consultant program, major developer program, outreach and education, and future staff projects.   Any of these subjects may potentially be part of the Director’s presentation or discussed by the Commission.
    Attachment:  Executive Director’s Report.
  10. Discussion and possible action on draft minutes for the Commission’s November 23, 2015 regular meeting and January 5, 2016 special meeting.
    Attachments:  November 23, 2015 draft minutes; January 5, 2016 draft minutes.
  11. 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 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 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 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

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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