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Meeting Summary – Summary of Matters Discussed and Actions Taken at Ethics Commission’s March 10, 2023 Regular Meeting

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

Chair Yvonne Lee called the Meeting to order at 10:03 a.m. With Vice-Chair Larry Bush and Commissioner Michael Romano participating, a quorum was present. Commissioners Theis Finlev and Argemira Flórez Feng were not present due to excused absences. 

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 3-0 to adopt a motion by Commissioner Romano and seconded by Commissioner Bush to approve the following Consent items that required action by the Commission: 

Item 5, Acting Executive Director’s report dated March 6, 2023 was informational and required no action by the Commission. 

Under Item 7, discussed the cover memo and Proposed Stipulation in SFEC Case No. 2122-021/040. Commissioner Bush moved to approve the proposed SARP stipulation, the motion was seconded by Chair Lee and approved unanimously (3-0). 

The Commission then took up Agenda Item 8a, and provided the opportunity for public comment on all matters pertaining to proposed closed session. Under Item 8b, the Commission unanimously (3-0) approved a motion by Commissioner Romano and seconded by Chair 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 ongoing meet and confer concerning the Ethics Commission’s gift and ethics recommendations for City law. 

The Commission moved into closed session at 10:24 am. 

After reconvening in open session at 11:23 am, the Commission did not approve a motion by Commissioner Romano and seconded by Chair Lee by a vote of 2-1 to not disclose matters discussed in closed session, with Commissioner Bush in the dissent. Without an affirmative vote to disclose being approved, the matters discussed in closed session remain confidential. 

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 11:27 am. 

Draft Minutes for the March 10, 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. 

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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