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Meeting Summary – Summary of Matters Discussed and Actions Taken at Ethics Commission’s February 9, 2024 Regular Meeting

February 9, 2024 
Contact: Michael Canning (415) 252-3100 

Vice Chair Theis Finlev called the meeting to order at 10:04am. With Commissioners Argemira Flórez Feng, Yaman Salahi, David Tsai, and Karen Bell Francois participating, a quorum was present. 

Under Item 2, provided the opportunity for general public comment on matters not appearing on the agenda. 

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 Flórez Feng to approve the following consent calendar items that required action by the Commission: 

Item 4, Executive Director’s report dated February 5, 2024, was removed from the consent calendar by Commissioner Salahi. A separate discussion was had on Item 4. Item 4 was informational and required no action by the Commission, but the opportunity for public comment was provided. 

Item 5, Proposed Stipulation, Decision and Order In the Matter of Walk San Francisco Foundation was removed from the consent calendar by Vice Chair Finlev. A separate discussion was had on Item 5. The Commission provided the opportunity for public comment on Item 5 and voted 5-0 to adopt a motion by Vice Chair Finlev and seconded by Commissioner Salahi to approve the proposed stipulation. 

Under Item 6, Commissioner Salahi nominated Vice Chair Finlev to serve as Chair, Vice Chair Finlev accepted the nomination and was elected unanimously (5-0). Vice Chair Finlev nominated Commissioner Flórez Feng to serve as Vice Chair, Commissioner Flórez Feng accepted the nomination and was elected unanimously (5-0).  

Under Item 7, held a Hearing on the Merits In the Matter of Paul Allen Taylor, Case No. 20-243 and voted 5-0 to approve a motion by Vice Chair Finlev and seconded by Commissioner Tsai, to designate Commissioner Flórez Feng as the commissioner responsible for drafting proposed findings and conclusions for the Commission to consider during the Commission’s next meeting. 

Under Item 8, heard a presentation and discussed the Ethics Commission budget proposal for the Fiscal Year 2024-25 and Fiscal Year 2025-26 and voted 5-0 to approve a motion by Vice Chair Finlev and seconded by Commissioner Tsai, to support the staff’s budget proposal. 

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

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

Under Item 11, adjourned the meeting at 2:43pm. 

Draft Minutes for the February 9, 2024, Regular Meeting will be available upon their completion and will be included on the Agenda for a future Regular Meeting of the Commission, 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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