Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

Summary of Actions Taken and Matters Discussed at Ethics Commission June 27, 2016 Regular Meeting

Date: June 28, 2016
Contact: LeeAnn Pelham, Executive Director (415) 252-3100

At its regular meeting on June 27, 2016, the San Francisco Ethics Commission discussed the following matters and took the following actions:

  • Voted unanimously 4-0 to approve the draft minutes for its regular meeting of May 23, 2016.
  • Voted unanimously 4-0 to waive the attorney-client privilege in order to release the audio recording of the Ethics Commission’s closed session held on June 23, 2014, regarding Agenda Item VI.
  • Discussed a Staff report and took further public comment on a possible November 2016 ballot measure to restrict lobbyists’ ability to provide gifts to City officers, make campaign contributions to local candidates, and bundle contributions. The Commission directed staff to provide two proposals for its consideration and possible action at its July 25, 2016 meeting.
  • Discussed and voted unanimously 4-0 to support a proposal by Supervisor Peskin to prohibit City elected officials from establishing candidate-controlled general purpose committees.
  • Discussed and took public comment on Ordinance proposed by Supervisor Peskin to amend the Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code to require members of City boards and commissions to file behested payment reports regarding the solicitation of charitable contributions. (Board of Supervisors File No.160478). The Commission asked Staff to provide a report regarding the proposed Ordinance for its consideration during its July 25, 2016 meeting.
  • Discussed and approved Staff’s proposed Ethics Commission Annual Policy Plan for FY2017.
  • Discussed and took public comment on a possible amendment to the Ethics Commission’s by-laws establishing a process for the Commission to respond to public records requests. The Commission indicated that a proposed by-law would be on the agenda for the Commission’s consideration during its July 25, 2016 meeting.
  • Discussed and received public comment on the June 2016 Executive Director’s report.

Draft Minutes for the June 27, 2016 meeting will be available upon their completion and will be included on the Agenda for the Commission’s next Regular Meeting. The next Regular Meeting of the Ethics Commission is scheduled for Monday, July 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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