Meeting Summary – Summary of Matters Discussed and Actions Taken at Ethics Commission’s January 20, 2023 Special Meeting

January 23, 2023 Contact: Michael Canning (415) 252-3100 Chair Yvonne Lee called the Meeting to order at 1:34 p.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 […]

Statement of SF Ethics Commission Chair Yvonne Lee on Guilty Plea of Former City Official Over Corruption Charges

On January 13, former president of the San Francisco Building Inspection Commission and permit expediter, Rodrigo Santos, pleaded guilty to 17 federal counts related to multiple schemes that defrauded his clients of $775,000. Santos has agreed to pay more than $1 million in restitution to his victims and may face up to 30 years in […]

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

January 13, 2023Contact: 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 […]

Notice of Changes to State Law Regarding Limitations on Campaign Contributions from Certain Parties and Disqualifications Based on Past Campaign Contributions

On January 1, 2023, a new statewide law aimed at further combatting “pay-to-play” politics will become operative. The legislation, approved by the state Legislature this year as Senate Bill 1439 and signed into law by the Governor (“SB 1439”), amended Government Code Section 84308 to establish two new restrictions for local elected officials related to […]

Meeting Summary – Summary of Matters Discussed and Actions Taken at Ethics Commission’s December 9, 2022 Regular Meeting

December 12, 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, Mike 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 […]

Executive Director’s Report – December 2, 2022

December 2, 2022 To:  Members of the Ethics Commission From:  LeeAnn Pelham, Executive Director Subject: Agenda Item 6 – Executive Director Report for December 2022 Summary and Action Requested This report provides various programmatic and operational highlights since the last Executive Director’s Report. No action is required by the Commission, as this item is for […]

Notice of Proposed Regulations Concerning Behested Payment Rules

At its next regular meeting on Friday, December 9, 2022 at 10:00am, the San Francisco Ethics Commission will consider and possibly act on a set of proposed regulations regarding the City’s behested payment rules. City officers and designated employees are prohibited from directly or indirectly soliciting behested payments from interested parties. Section 3.630 of the […]

Meeting Summary – Summary of Matters Discussed and Actions Taken at Ethics Commission’s November 18, 2022 Regular Meeting 

November 18, 2022 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, and Argemira Flórez Feng participating, a quorum was present.  Commissioner Mike Romano had an excused absence.  Under Item 2, provided the opportunity for general public comment on matters not appearing on the […]

New Local Behested Payments Rules Now in Effect

On November 6, 2022, changes to the City’s behested payments laws took effect. Behested payments rules exist to help avoid real or perceived conflicts of interest or undue influence in City decision making. The Ethics Commission supported amending the law with the goal to balance the interests of improved clarity and workability while also retaining […]

Executive Director Report – November 14, 2022

November 14, 2022 To: Members of the Ethics Commission From: LeeAnn Pelham, Executive Director Subject: Agenda Item 6 – Executive Director Report for November 2022 Summary and Action Requested This report provides various programmatic and operational highlights since the last Executive Director’s Report. No action is required by the Commission, as this item is for […]