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Announcement of Interested Persons Meetings to Discuss Draft Ordinance Related to CFRO Revision Project

12.00 PM @ Room 70, 25 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102


Special notice to all interested persons and the public

Staff will hold the Tuesday, August 1, 2017 interested persons meeting as previously planned. Please see the original notice below for more details on that meeting. In addition, staff will be completing and forwarding to all interested persons a second version of the draft ordinance originally presented to the Commission at their June 26, 2017 meeting. Staff will invite interested persons and members of the public to submit written comments on that draft, which will tentatively be scheduled for release on Aug. 3, 2017. More information will follow on dates and times for written comment to be submitted with the draft.

Interested Persons Meeting to Discuss Draft Ordinance Related to CFRO Revision Project

Tuesday, August 1, 2017
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
25 Van Ness Avenue
Room 70 (basement)
San Francisco, CA 94102

At its June 26, 2017 meeting, the Ethics Commission (“Commission”) received from Commission Staff an initial draft of a proposed ordinance that would amend portions of the Campaign Finance Reform Ordinance (“CFRO”) and portions of the Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code’s conflict of interest provisions. The ordinance was drafted at the direction of the Commission with input from Staff, interested persons and the public.

The draft ordinance aims to limit the instances of corruption or its appearance in the City by expanding campaign spending disclosure requirements, restricting campaign contributions for certain persons and expanding the instances where a public official must disclose conflicts of interest. The ordinance additionally limits certain political activities of high-level city officials, including their ability to fundraise for the person who appointed them to office.

Staff is seeking feedback on the draft ordinance presented to the Commission at its June 26, 2017 meeting. Feedback from these meetings will be included in Staff’s analysis and recommendations of a final draft ordinance, to be presented at the Commission’s August 28, 2017 meeting.

The Commission is interested in public comment addressing the following issues:

  • What impact would the ordinance have on reducing the appearance or reality of conflicts in government decision making?
  • How would the draft provisions influence the political activities of your organization or its members?
  • What, if any, legal considerations should be examined in evaluating the draft?
  • What examples exist that point to the need to implement the ordinance?
  • What, if any, implementation issues should be addressed?

The ordinance can be reviewed along with supporting materials as Agenda Item 4 in the June Commission Meeting materials.

Please provide examples, data, research, or other evidence as necessary.

Staff also welcomes written comments on the proposed changes, which can be sent via email to, or via regular mail to San Francisco Ethics Commission, 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 220, San Francisco, CA 94102. Written comment should be submitted no later than August 14, 2017 to be considered in Staff’s final draft of the ordinance.

For questions about any upcoming Interested persons meeting, please contact Kyle Kundert at the number below. We welcome your input and hope to see you at the meeting.

Please R.S.V.P Your Attendance by Contacting:

San Francisco Ethics Commission
25 Van Ness Ave., Suite 220
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 252-3100

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