Meeting Summary – Summary of Actions Taken and Matters Discussed at Ethics Commission’s November 13, 2020 Meeting

November 13, 2020

Contact: Pat Ford (415) 252-3100

  • Chair Ambrose called the meeting to order at 9:34 am. With Commissioners Yvonne Lee, Daina Chiu, Larry Bush, and Fern Smith in attendance, a quorum was present.
  • Under Item 2, provided the opportunity for public comment on matters appearing or not appearing on the agenda.
  • Under its Consent Calendar of Item 3, unanimously (5-0) adopted a motion by Commissioner Smith, seconded by Commissioner Chiu, to approve the Draft Minutes of the Commission’s October 9, 2020 regular meeting.
  • Under Item 4, heard and discussed presentation by Controller’s Office on the Controller’s November 5, 2020 ReportPreliminary Assessment: San Francisco’s Debarment Process. No action was taken as it was provided for informational purposes only.
  • Under Item 5, heard and discussed presentation by Controller’s Office Whistleblower Program Staff. No action was taken as it was provided for informational purposes only.
  • Under Item 6, heard and discussed Staff report on Phase One of the Government Ethics and Conflict of Interest Review: Behested Payments. Unanimously (5-0) adopted a motion by Chair Ambrose and seconded by Commissioner Smith to support Staff’s first recommendation in the report and to communicate this support to the Board of Supervisors and the public.
  • Under Item 7 heard and discussed the monthly Staff Policy report. No action was taken as the item was provided for informational purposes only.
  • Under Item 8, heard and discussed the monthly Staff Enforcement Report. No action was taken as the item was provided for informational purposes only.
  • Under Item 9, heard and discussed the monthly Executive Director’s Report. No action was taken as the item was for informational purposes only.
  • Under Item 10, discussed possible items for future meetings.
  • Under Item 11, unanimously (5-0) approved a motion by Commissioner Chiu and seconded by Commissioner Smith to assert attorney client privilege and meet in closed session. The Commission entered closed session at 1:47 pm. The Commission returned to open session at 2:18 pm. The Commission unanimously (5-0) approved a motion by Commissioner Chiu and seconded by Commissioner Smith not to disclose information discussed in closed session.
  • Under Item 12, provided the opportunity for additional public comment on matters appearing or not appearing on the agenda.
  • Under Item 11, adjourned the meeting at 2:25 pm.

Draft Minutes for the November 13, 2020 regular meeting will be available upon their completion and will be included on the Agenda for the Commission’s next meeting. The next meeting of the Ethics Commission is scheduled for Monday, December 14, 2020, at 9:30 a.m. For further information, please contact the Ethics Commission at ethics.commission@sfgov.org or (415) 252-3100.

SFGovTV provides a continuous archive of selected Commission, council and board meetings that allows viewers to watch those meetings online in full at the viewer’s convenience. Video, audio, and closed-captioning archives of Ethics Commission meetings may be accessed here.

 

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