Meeting Summary – Summary of Matters Discussed and Actions Taken at Ethics Commission’s July 27, 2022 Special Meeting 

July 27, 2022
Contact: Michael Canning (415) 252-3100 

Chair Yvonne Lee called the Special Meeting to order at 9:30 a.m. With Vice-Chair Larry Bush, and Commissioners Theis Finlev, Mike Romano, and Argemira Flórez Feng participating, a quorum was present. 

Under Item 2,provided the opportunityforgeneral public comment on matters not appearing on the Agenda but within the Ethics Commission’s subject matter jurisdiction. 

Under Agenda Item 3, heard a Staff update and presentations by Supervisor Aaron Peskin, Mayor’s Office Legal Compliance Officer Hank Heckel, and SFPUC Deputy General Manager Ronald Flynn on proposed legislative amendments to the City’s behested payments laws. After discussing the issues presented and providing the opportunity for public comment on the item,  the Commission adopted a motion by Commissioner Finlev and seconded by Commissioner Romano by a vote of 3-2 (with Commissioners Lee and Bush in the dissent) to take no action at today’s Special Meeting and continue the item to its next scheduled Regular Meeting on August 12 for further consideration and further action at that time. 

Under Agenda Item 4a, the Commission provided the opportunity for public comment on all matters pertaining to proposed closed session. Under Item 4b, the Commission unanimously (5-0) approved a motion by Commissioner Romano and seconded by Commissioner Lee to proceed into closed session for an update with the City’s Department of Human Resources Labor Negotiator regarding Labor Negotiations on the status of the meet and confer process with the Employee Organization, San Francisco Municipal Executives Association (MEA), regarding the Ethics Commission’s proposed ballot measure and regulation amendments. 

The Commission moved into closed session at 11:29 am.  

Commissioner Romano left the Commission meeting at 12:00 pm with an excused absence. 

After reconvening in open session at 12:44 pm, the Commission approved a motion by Commissioner Finlev and seconded by Commissioner Finlev by a vote of 3-1 (with Commissioner Bush in the dissent) to not disclose matters discussed in closed session. 

Under Item 5,provided the additional opportunityforgeneral public commenton matters not appearing on the agenda. 

Under Item 6, adjourned the meeting at 12:50 pm. 

Draft Minutes forthe July 27, 2022 Special Meeting will be available upon their completion and will be included on the Agenda for the Commission’s next Regular Meeting, which will be made available on the Commission’s website at sfethics.org. 

Meeting agendas and materials are available athttps://sfethics.org/ethics/category/agendas. 

For further information, please contact the Ethics Commission atethics.commission@sfgov.orgor (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 accessedhere. 

 

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