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Meeting Summary – Summary of Matters Discussed and Actions Taken at Ethics Commission’s January 13, 2023 Regular Meeting


January 13, 2023
Contact: Michael Canning (415) 252-3100

Chair Yvonne Lee called the Meeting to order at 10:05 a.m. With Vice-Chair Larry Bush, and Commissioners Theis Finlev, Michael Romano, and Argemira Flórez Feng participating, a quorum was present.

Under Item 2, provided the opportunity for general 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 5-0 to adopt a motion by Commissioner Finlev and seconded by Commissioner Romano to approve the following Consent items that required action by the Commission:

Item 5, Executive Director’s report dated January 9, 2023 was informational and required no action by the Commission.

Under Item 6, heard a presentation from CPS HR Consulting regarding the Executive Director recruitment process and provided opportunity for public comment.

Under Item 7, continued discussion from the December meeting regarding the post-employment waiver request for Phillip Wong following Mr. Wong’s submission of a supplemental response to the Commission. The Commission voted 5-0 to adopt a motion by Chair Lee and seconded by Commissioner Finlev to approve a limited waiver to the City’s post-employment rules for Mr. Wong.

The Commission then took up Agenda Item 8a and provided the opportunity for public comment on all matters pertaining to the proposed closed session. Under Item 8b, the Commission unanimously (5-0) approved a motion by Commissioner Romano and seconded by Commissioner Flórez-Feng to proceed into closed session for discussion and possible action regarding probable cause determination for complaint alleging violations of the Campaign Finance Reform Ordinance, Article III, Chapter 2 of the San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code.

The Commission moved into closed session at 12:10 pm.

After reconvening in open session at 2:30 pm, the Commission approved a motion by Commissioner Romano and seconded by Commissioner Finlev by a vote of 4-0 to not disclose matters discussed in closed session, with Commissioner Bush unable to vote due to technical difficulties.

Item 8 was continued to the Commission’s next regular meeting.

Under Item 9, provided the opportunity to discuss items for future meetings.  

Under Item 10, provided the additional opportunity for general public comment on matters not appearing on the agenda.

Under Item 11, adjourned the meeting at 2:40 pm.

Draft Minutes for the January 13, 2023, 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

Meeting agendas and materials are available at

For further information, please contact the Ethics Commission atethics.commission@sfgov.orgor (415) 252-3100.

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