Notice of Proposed Regulations Concerning Gift Rules

At its next regular meeting on Friday, December 10, 2021, the San Francisco Ethics Commission will consider and possibly act on a set of proposed regulations regarding the City’s Gift Rules.

City officers and employees are prohibited from soliciting or accepting gifts from persons doing business with or seeking to do business with their department or persons who in the prior 12 months have attempted to influence the officer or employee in any legislative or administrative action. City officers and employees are also prohibited from soliciting or accepting gifts from their subordinates. Both of these rules exempt certain types of gifts. The Ethics Commission will consider amending the regulations associated with these rules to provide greater clarity and to revise the types of gifts that are exempt from these rules, including the removal of some of the current gift exemptions.

This 10-day notice is provided under Charter Sec. 4.104 to encourage public comment on the proposals in advance of the Commission’s next meeting.

The Commission invites all input on the proposed regulations. Written comments can be sent via email to ethics.commission@sfgov.org, or delivered to San Francisco Ethics Commission, 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 220, San Francisco, CA 94102. Written public comment received by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 9, 2021, will be included in the Commission’s packet of meeting materials for its December 10th meeting. Opportunity for public comment will also be provided during the Commission’s meeting.

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