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Agenda - September 12, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO ETHICS COMMISSION
NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING
September 12, 2011 5:30 P.M.
and AGENDA
Room 408 City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco

  1. Call to order and roll call.
  2. Public comment on matters appearing or not appearing on the agenda that are within the jurisdiction of the Ethics Commission.
  3. Consideration of provision in the Statement of Incompatible Activities (SIA) governing officers and employees of the Office of Chief Medical Examiner. At its meeting on April 11, 2011, upon consideration of comments from Dr. Judy Melinek, the Commission asked staff to discuss with the General Services Administration the possibility of amending section III.B.3 of the SIA, which prohibits officers and employees of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner from providing expert testimony in judicial proceedings unrelated to their official duties unless such employees receive an advance written determination that they may do so. The Commission will consider a response from the GSA at this meeting. (Discussion and possible action.)
  4. Consideration of request for waivers from the post-employment bans under Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code sections 3.234(a)(1) and (a)(2). Thomas Long, a former Deputy City Attorney, has requested that the Commission grant him waivers from the prohibitions against representing a non-City party before a court or administrative agency on matters in which he represented the City and against communicating with his former City department with the intent to influence a governmental decision. A staff report is available at the Commission office as well as on the Commission website. (Discussion and possible action.)
  5. Consideration of possible amendment to Ethics Commission Enforcement Regulations VI.A and XIV.C, which would permit the Commission to calendar proposed dismissals or settlements of enforcement matters based on the request of one, rather than two, Commissioners. A staff report is available at the Commission office as well as on the Commission website. (Discussion and possible action.)
  6. Consideration of the Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2010-2011. The Commission will discuss the contents of a draft annual report, suggest and vote on possible amendments, and possibly adopt the report for submission to the Mayor and Board of Supervisors. A copy of the draft report is available at the Commission office and on the Commission website. (Discussion and possible action.)
  7. Minutes of the Commission's regular meeting of August 8, 2011. (Discussion and possible action.)
  8. Executive Director's Report. An update of important Ethics Commission staff activities since the previous monthly meeting. The written report, which is available at the Commission office and on its website, covers the budget, the investigation and enforcement program, revenues, campaign finance disclosure program, revenues, public financing/campaign finance audit program, lobbyist program, campaign consultant program, and outreach and education. Any of these subjects may potentially be part of the Director's presentation or discussed by the Commission. (Discussion.)
  9. Items for future meetings. Commissioners may propose items for future agendas and the Commission may determine the priority of these items. (Discussion.)
  10. Public comment on matters appearing or not appearing on the agenda that are within the jurisdiction of the Ethics Commission.
  11. Adjournment.

Know Your Rights Under the Sunshine Ordinance

Government's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decision in full view of the public. Commissions, boards, councils and other agencies of the City and County exist to conduct the people's business. This ordinance assures that deliberations are conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people's review. For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance or to report a violation of the ordinance, contact Chris Rustom by mail to Administrator, Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244, San Francisco CA 94102-4689; by phone at 415 554 7724; by fax at 415 554 7854; or by email at sotf@sfgov.org. Citizens interested in obtaining a free copy of the Sunshine Ordinance can request a copy from Mr. Rustom or by printing Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code on the Internet, http://www.sfgov.org/sunshine/

If any materials related to an item on this agenda have been distributed to the Ethics Commission after distribution of the agenda packet, those materials are available for public inspection at the Ethics Commission, 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 220, San Francisco, during normal office hours.

The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices are prohibited at this meeting. Please be advised that the Chair may order the removal from the meeting room of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing devices.

This location is wheelchair accessible. In order to assist the City's efforts to accommodate persons with severe allergies, environmental illnesses, multiple chemical sensitivity, or related disabilities, attendees at public meetings are reminded that other attendees may be sensitive to various chemical-based products. Please help the City accommodate these individuals.

Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance [SF Campaign & Governmental Conduct. Code ยง 2.100] to register and report lobbying activity. For more information about the Lobbyist Ordinance, please contact the Ethics Commission at 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 220, San Francisco, CA 94102; telephone (415) 252-3100; fax (415) 252-3112 and web site www.sfgov.org/ethics

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