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Meeting Summary – Summary of Actions Taken and Matters Discussed at Ethics Commission’s January 23, 2017, Meeting


Date: January 24, 2017

Contact: LeeAnn Pelham, Executive Director (415) 252-3100

At its regular meeting on January 23, 2017, the San Francisco Ethics Commission discussed the following matters and took the following actions:

  • After receiving public comment, voted unanimously 5-0 to approve the draft minutes for its special meeting of December 19, 2016.
  • After receiving public comment in the hearing on the merits – In re Alpha Buie, Treasurer, African American Democratic Club, SFEC No. 13-131112, the Commission voted unanimously 5-0 that Ms. Buie committed three violations of the Campaign Finance Reform Ordinance. The Commission imposed an administrative penalty of $1.00 per violation and ordered Ms. Buie to file missing campaign filings.
  • Jeff Smejkal, Sheila Robleto and Amanda Fried from the City’s Bureau of Delinquent Revenue made a presentation about the fines collection procedure and answered questions from the Commission on the status of several Ethics Commission referrals.
  • Continued to its next regular meeting its re-hearing of Joel Warne v. Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, Nancy Sarieh, SFEC Nos. 1516-23 & 1516-24.
  • After receiving public comment, voted unanimously 5-0 to approve the proposed Investigation Suspension and Parallel Proceedings Policy as amended.
  • Ethics Commission staff persons Steven Massey and Gayathri Thaikkendiyil presented and discussed the new Ethics Commission website.
  • After receiving public comment, voted unanimously 5-0 to endorse the staff’s proposed budget framework and recommendation.
  • Discussed and received public comment on staff’s monthly Enforcement Program Report for January.
  • Discussed and received public comment on the monthly Executive Director’s Report for January.
  • Received public comment and then voted unanimously 5-0 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 ligation as plaintiff.
    • Voted unanimously 5-0 to not disclose its closed session deliberations re: anticipated litigation.
  • Discussed and took no action on items for future meetings.
  • Received no public comment on matters appearing or not appearing on the agenda pursuant to Ethics Commission Bylaws Article VII Section 2.

Draft Minutes for the January 23, 2017 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, February 27, 2017 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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