SAN FRANCISCO ETHICS COMMISSION
NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING
April 14, 2008 5:30 P.M.
Room 408 City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco
I. Call to order and roll call.
II. Public comment on matters appearing or not appearing on the agenda that are within the jurisdiction of the Ethics Commission.
III. Proposed legislation to add section 2.113 to the Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code to require registered lobbyists to wear identification badges distributed by the Ethics Commission when making lobbying contacts. Supervisor Daly, the sponsor of this legislation, has been invited to attend the meeting to make a presentation and answer questions, if any. The proposed legislation is available at the Commission office and on the Commission website. (Discussion and possible action.)
IV. Consideration of Statements of Incompatible Activities. The Commission has been considering the draft Statements of Incompatible Activities (“SIAs”) submitted by departments, boards and commissions pursuant to section 3.218 of the San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code. At this meeting, the Commission will consider for final adoption nine SIAs which have been initially approved and for which the meet and confer process has concluded. These SIAs pertain to the following departments, boards or commissions: Public Health Department and Health Commission, Municipal Transportation Agency, Public Utilities Commission, Assessment Appeals Board, Board of Appeals, Fire Department and Fire Commission, Human Rights Commission, Planning Department and Planning Commission, and Public Library and Library Commission. Representatives of departments under consideration may attend to comment on SIAs and possibly answer questions from Commissioners. SIAs that are approved for final adoption will not go into effect until thirty days after all SIAs have been finally adopted. The draft SIAs for these departments, boards and commissions are available at the Commission office and on the Commission website. (Discussion and possible action.)
V. Consideration of draft report on the public financing program for Mayoral candidates in the November 2007 election. Section 1.156 of the Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code requires the Ethics Commission to submit a report regarding the Mayoral public financing program and the feasibility and costs of converting the partial public financing program for Mayoral candidates into a full public financing program. The Commission will consider staff’s report, which is available at the Commission office and on its website. (Discussion and possible action.)
VI. Consideration of proposed regulations to set forth certain procedures regarding the Statement of Incompatible Activities (SIA). Section 3.218 of the Campaign and Governmental Conduct requires each department, board or commission to provide annual notice to its officers or employees of its SIA. Proposed amendments to a regulation set forth ways in which a department, board or commission could meet this obligation. Other proposed regulations address provisions of the SIA related to advance written determination, investigations and penalties. A staff report containing the proposed amendment is available at the Commission office and on its website. (Discussion and possible action.)
VII. Minutes of the special Commission meeting of March 24, 2008. (Discussion and possible action.)
VIII. Executive Director’s Report. An update of important Ethics Commission staff activities since the previous monthly meeting. (Discussion.)
IX. Items for future meetings. Commissioners may propose items for future agendas and the Commission may determine the priority of these items. (Discussion.)
X. Public comment on matters appearing or not appearing on the agenda that are within the jurisdiction of the Ethics Commission.
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 Frank Darby 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 email@example.com. Citizens interested in obtaining a free copy of the Sunshine Ordinance can request a copy from Mr. Darby or by printing Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code on the Internet, http://www.sfgov.org/sunshine/
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.
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 § 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