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Statement of Ethics Commission Chair Yvonne Lee on Recently Approved Ethics Commission Budget for Fiscal Year 2023-24 and 2024-25

On July 26th, Mayor Breed signed the City’s budget for fiscal years 2023-24 and 2024-25 following final approval by the Board of Supervisors. This budget restores funding for essential program areas of the Ethics Commission which were impacted by the reductions in the budget initially proposed earlier this summer. The approved budget maintains necessary staffing for the administration of campaign finance laws, ethics training & education, enforcement, and Form 700 compliance services.

I thank the members of the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor for approving a budget that will enable the Commission to continue making meaningful progress in advancing the highest ethical standards in City government through its compliance services, public engagement, ethics education programs, and oversight functions. I also want to express my appreciation for the members of the Board Budget & Appropriations Committee and our public stakeholders in articulating strong support for the Commission’s mission and work during this budgeting process.

Established by local voters to act independently as a neutral and objective oversight body in the City and County of San Francisco, the Ethics Commission is committed to continue delivering programs that promote fair, transparent, and accountable government for all San Franciscans.

Yvonne Lee, Chair
San Francisco Ethics Commission

Yvonne Lee was appointed to the Ethics Commission in 2017 and elected as its chair in 2022. She previously served on the San Francisco Police Commission, was a Presidential appointee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and is currently an appointee to the US Agriculture department’s 15-member Equity Commission.

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