Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

Press Release – March 29, 2016 – Summary of Actions Taken and Matters Discussed at Ethics Commission March 28, 2016 Regular Meeting

Date: March 29, 2016
Contact:   LeeAnn Pelham, Executive Director  (415) 252-3100

At its regular meeting on March 28, 2016, the San Francisco Ethics Commission took the following actions and discussed the following matters:

  • Unanimously re-elected Paul A. Renne as Commission Chair for a second one year term, and unanimously re-elected Brett Andrews to serve as the Commission’s Vice-Chair. Commission Bylaws provide that the term of office is one year from March through February, and that office holders may serve a maximum of two consecutive one-year terms in office.
  • Declined by a 3-2 vote (with Commissioners Hayon, Hur, and Renne opposing) to approve a motion by Commissioner Keane to approve a proposed Stipulation, Decision and Order In the matter of Lynette Sweet, Sweet for Supervisor 2010.
  • Heard a staff presentation on the Commission’s approach to randomly selecting committees for audit pursuant to its authority under San Francisco Charter Section C3.699-11(4) and San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code Section 2.135, and proceeded with a random selection of 11 campaign committees and four lobbyists that were active in 2015. The committees and lobbyists selected for audit appear on Attachment 1.  By a 3-2 vote (with Commissioners Andrews, Hayon, and Hur opposing), the Commission declined to approve a motion by Commissioner Keane to also select for audit the Ed Lee for Mayor 2015 Committee, which had not been randomly selected.
  • Discussed and draft regulations interpreting terms used in the City’s Whistleblower Protection Ordinance (“Ordinance”), Article IV, Chapter 1 of the Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code, and proposed amendments to that Ordinance. In unanimous votes, the Commission:
    • Unanimously approved a motion by Commissioner Keane to adopt draft regulations to interpret the Ordinance and delegated authority to the Commission’s Executive Director to finalize regulations, including any typographical corrections; and
    • Unanimously approved a motion by Commissioner Keane to adopt recommended statutory changes to the Ordinance and forward them to the Board of Supervisors for its consideration and possible action.
  • Received an update from Commissioner Keane that he would be providing to the Commission’s Chair and Executive Director for further vetting draft proposals designed to restore various provisions of Proposition J.
  • Discussed and received public comment on the Executive Director’s report.
  • Approved by unanimous votes the draft minutes for its January 25, 2016 regular meeting and its February 29, 2016, special meeting.

The next regular meeting of the Ethics Commission is scheduled for Monday, April 25, 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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