Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

Press Release – January 27, 2016 – Summary of Actions Taken and Matters Discussed at January 25, 2016 Regular Meeting

Contact:  LeeAnn Pelham, Executive Director (415) 252-3100
Date: January 27, 2016

SUMMARY OF ACTIONS TAKEN AND MATTERS DISCUSSED AT JANUARY 25, 2016 REGULAR MEETING

At its regular meeting on January 25, 2016, the San Francisco Ethics Commission took the following actions:

  • Discussed and heard public comment on the City’s post-employment restriction waiver requests from Mr. Evan Gross. The Commission voted 4-1, with Commissioner Keane dissenting, to grant a limited waiver of the permanent ban in SF C&GCC section 3.234(a)(1) so that it applies only to non-litigation matters. The Commission voted 4-1, with Commissioner Hayon dissenting, to deny a waiver of the one-year communication ban in SF C&GCC section 3.234(a)(2).
  • Discussed and heard public comment on draft implementing regulations for Proposition C, which the Commission placed on the ballot and the voters subsequently approved in the November 3, 2015 election. The Commission directed staff to submit amended regulations at the Commission’s next regular meeting. 
  • Discussed and heard public comment regarding the City’s Whistleblower Protection Ordinance. The Commission asked that draft regulations to amend the Ordinance be presented for discussion and possible action at the Commission’s next regular meeting. 
  • Discussed and heard public comment regarding Blueprint for Accountability, a Staff report on recommendations for the Commission’s budget for Fiscal Years 2016/17 and 2017/18. The Commission voted 5-0 to adopt the budget requests recommended in the report and provided staff with direction about its February 22, 2016, budget submission to the Mayor’s Budget Office.
  • Discussed the Ethics Commission’s referral to the Bureau of Delinquent Revenue of forfeiture concerning Supervisor Mark Farrell, and voted to meet in closed session to confer with Legal Counsel regarding potential litigation. Following its closed session discussion on the item, the Commission resumed meeting in open session and announced that it had delegated Chairperson Renne to continue to work with the Treasurer to enforce the action the Commission had referred.
  • Discussed and took public comment on the January 2016 Executive Director’s Report.

The next regular meeting of the Ethics Commission is scheduled for Monday, February 22, 2016 in Room 400 of City Hall at 5:30 pm.

For further information, please feel free to contact the Ethics Commission at (415) 252-3100.

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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.  We invite you to follow our work at www.sfethics.org.

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