Meeting Summary – Summary of Matters Discussed and Actions Taken at Ethics Commission’s October 14, 2022 Regular Meeting 

October 17, 2022

Contact: Michael Canning (415) 252-3100 

Chair Yvonne Lee called the Meeting to order at 10:04 a.m. With Vice-Chair Larry Bush, and Commissioners Theis Finlev, and Argemira Flórez Feng participating, a quorum was present. Commissioner Mike Romano had an excused absence. 

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 its Consent Calendar, provided the opportunity for public comment on all consent calendar items and voted 4-0 to adopt a motion by Commissioner Finlev and seconded by Commissioner Flórez-Feng to approve as presented Item 3, Resolution on Continuation of Remote/Hybrid Commission Meetings, Item 4, Draft Minutes of the Ethics Commission July 8, 2022 Regular Meeting, Item 5, Draft Minutes for Ethics Commission July 27, 2022 Special Meeting, and Item 6, Draft Minutes for Ethics Commission August 12, 2022 Regular Meeting. Item 7 was removed from the Consent Calendar at the request of Commissioner Bush. 

Under Item 8, heard a presentation from the Department of Human Resources (DHR) and discussed beginning an Executive Director recruitment process and voted 4-0 to adopt a motion by Commissioner Finlev and seconded by Commissioner Flórez-Feng to direct DHR to submit Requests for Proposals from executive search firms. 

Under Item 7, discussed the Executive Director’s Report highlighting various departmental programs and operations dated October 7, 2022. 

Under Item 9, heard a presentation and discussed the process to develop Ethics Commission behested payments regulations. 

Under Item 10, discussed the Ethics Commission Draft Annual Report for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2022. 

Under Agenda Item 11a, the Commission provided the opportunity for public comment on all matters pertaining to proposed closed session. Under Item 11b, the Commission unanimously (4-0) approved a motion by Commissioner Flórez-Feng and seconded by Commissioner Finlev 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 ongoing meet and confer concerning the Ethics Commission’s gift and ethics recommendations for City law. 

The Commission moved into closed session at 11:55 am.  

After reconvening in open session at 1:13 pm, the Commission approved a motion by Commissioner Finlev and seconded by Commissioner Flórez-Feng by a vote of 3-0 (with Commissioner Bush unable to vote due to technical difficulties) to not disclose matters discussed in closed session. 

Under Item 12, discussed possible items for future meetings. 

Under Item 13,provided the additional opportunityforgeneral public commenton matters not appearing on the agenda. 

Under Item 14, adjourned the meeting at 1:20 pm. 

Draft Minutes forthe October 14, 2022 Regular 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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