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Meeting Summary – Summary of Actions Taken and Matters Discussed by Ethics Commission at Special Joint Meeting with the Board of Supervisors on April 3, 2018

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

Subject: Summary of Actions Taken and Matters Discussed by Ethics Commission at April 3rd Special Joint Meeting on the Anti-Corruption and Accountability Ordinance

At a Special Joint Meeting with the Board of Supervisors in Board Chambers at Room 250 in City Hall on April 3, 2018, with Commissioners Daina Chiu, Paul Renne, Quentin Kopp, and Yvonne Lee present (with one vacancy), the San Francisco Ethics Commission discussed the following matters and took the following actions:

  • Jointly with the Board of Supervisors, took general public comment on matters appearing or not appearing on the Special Joint Meeting agenda.
  • Considered the Anti-Corruption and Accountability Ordinance (“ACAO”) as discussed in the Ethics Commission Staff Report, including attachments, dated March, 29, 2018, to amend the Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code to institute campaign finance and conflict of interest reforms reflected in Board of Supervisors File Nos. 180001 and 180280, which were scheduled pursuant to Board of Supervisors Motion No. M18-029, and approved on March 6, 2018.
  • Took the following actions on written amendments proposed by Commission Members:
    • A motion by Commissioner Kopp to reinstate Section 3.207(a)(4) into the Ordinance (“Kopp Amendment #1) failed due to a lack of a second.
    • A motion by Commissioner Lee and seconded by Commissioner Renne to adopt amendments to Sections 3.203 and 3.207 to define “use of office” and remove the definition of “associated”, respectively. (“Lee Amendment #1”) failed due to a split 2-2 vote, with Commissioners Kopp and Chiu in the dissent.
    • A motion by Commissioner Chiu and seconded by Commissioner Renne to adopt Supervisor Peskin’s Amendment #8 providing staggered operational dates for various ACAO provisions was adopted with a unanimous vote of 4-0.
    • A motion by Commissioner Chiu and seconded by Commissioner Lee to delete the Major Donor provision contained in the Ordinance (“Chiu Amendment #2) failed due to a split 2-2 vote, with Commissioners Kopp and Renne in the dissent.
    • A motion by Commissioner Chiu and seconded by Commissioner Lee to modify the contribution disclosure requirement in Section 1.114.5(b) (“Chiu Amendment #3) was adopted with a unanimous vote of 4-0.
    • A motion by Commissioner Chiu and seconded by Commissioner Lee to adopt Supervisor Tang’s Amendment #2, adding modifying language to 3.207(a)(3) to define the type of action subject to the conflict of interest prohibition and modifying the definition of “associated organization” in Section 3.203 was adopted by a unanimous vote of 4-0.
    • A motion by Commissioner Lee and seconded by Commissioner Chiu to adopt the Ordinance as amended failed on a 3-1 vote, with Commissioner Kopp in the dissent.
    • A motion by Commissioner Chiu and seconded by Commissioner Renne to rescind the prior vote on the Ordinance as amended was approved unanimously 4-0.
    • A motion by Commissioner Chiu and seconded by Commissioner Lee to rescind the prior vote on Tang Amendment #2 was approved unanimously 4-0.
    • A motion by Commissioner Kopp and seconded by Commissioner Lee to separate Tang Amendment #2 into two sections for separate votes on Sections 3.203 and 3.207 was approved unanimously 4-0.
    • A motion by Commissioner Chiu and seconded by Lee to adopt Section 3.203 of Tang Amendment #2 approved on a 3-1 vote, with Commissioner Kopp in the dissent.
    • A motion by Commissioner Chiu and seconded by Lee to adopt Section 3.207 of Tang Amendment #2 was approved unanimously 4-0.
    • A motion by Commissioner Chiu and seconded by Commissioner Lee to adopt the Ordinance as amended was passed with a unanimous vote of 4-0.
    • Responded to questions and engaged in discussion with the Board Supervisors on other written amendments proposed and considered by Members of the Board of Supervisors.
    • The Board of Supervisors then adopted on a unanimous 11-0 vote the same amendments as approved by the Ethics Commission to allow for an identical Ordinance to be in front of the Board for its discussion and consideration.
    • Took the following additional actions on the Ordinance following action by the Board of Supervisors:
    • A motion by Commissioner Chiu and seconded by Commissioner Lee to continue the Commission’s deliberations of the Ordinance as amended by the Board to a subsequent meeting at the Call of the Chair was approved by a majority vote of 3-1, with Commissioner Lee in the dissent.
  • Commissioner Kopp left the meeting at approximately 9:45p.m.
  • Recessed its meeting at 9:45 p.m. following action in the Special Joint Meeting on the ACAO to move to City Hall Room 263 to complete Ethics Commission business on Agenda Item 4.
  • Resumed its meeting with three members (Chiu, Renne, and Lee) at 9:48 to take up Agenda Item 4, public comment on matters appearing or not appearing on the agenda pursuant to Ethics Commission Bylaws Article VII Section 2, and received public comment.
  • Motion by Commissioner Chiu and seconded by Commissioner Lee to adjourn the meeting was adopted on a 3-0 vote. Adjourned the Ethics Commission meeting at 9:53 pm.

Draft Minutes for the April 3, 2018, Special Joint 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 Friday, April 20, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in City Hall Room 416. For further information, please feel free to contact the Ethics Commission at (415) 252-3100.

 

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