Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

Meeting Summary – Summary of Actions Taken and Matters Discussed at Ethics Commission November 28, 2016 Meeting

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

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

  • Voted 3-0 to approve the draft minutes for its special meeting of October 17, 2016, with minor amendments.  [Commissioner Kopp arrived just after this vote and Commissioner Hayon was absent and excused from the meeting.]
  • Discussed and received public comment on the November 2016 Enforcement Program Report
  • Voted 4-0 in favor of Staff’s recommendation for Allen Grossman v. John Rahaim & Sarah Jones that (1) John Rahaim did not willfully or non-willfully violate the Sunshine Ordinance as alleged in Allen Grossman’s Complaint No. 03-160621 and that (2) Sarah Jones did not willfully or non-willfully violate the Sunshine Ordinance as alleged in Mr. Grossman’s Complaint No. 03-160621.
  • Continued Item 7 regarding Ethics Commission Complaint Nos. 1516-23 & 1516-24, Joel Warne v. Nancy Sarieh & Sunshine Ordinance Task Force to December 19, 2016 meeting.
  • Voted 4-0 in favor of Staff’s recommendation for Ann Treboux v. Barbara Sklar to dismiss Ann Treboux’s complaint for lack of jurisdiction due to the statute of limitations imposed by California Civil Code section 338.
  • Voted 4-0 in favor of Staff’s recommendation to find that the Board of Supervisors did not willfully or non-willfully violate the Sunshine Ordinance for the handling of Ethics Commission Complaint No. 1516-59, Alvin Johnson v. Angela Calvillo, Clerk of the Board of Supervisors. 
  • Discussed and received public comment on the November 2016 Education & Compliance Division Report.
  • Discussed and received public comment on the November 2016 Executive Director’s Report.
  • Received public comment and then discussed in closed session Item 12.  Voted 4-0 to move to assert attorney-client privilege and meet in closed session under Charter section C3.699-13, Brown Act section 54956.9 and Sunshine Ordinance section 67.10(d) to discuss anticipated litigation as plaintiff in 30 matters.
  • Discussed possible items for future meetings.
  • Received additional public comment on matters not appearing on the agenda.

Draft Minutes for the November 28, 2016 Regular 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, December 19, 2016 in Room 416 of City Hall at 1 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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