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Will This Be a Reform Board?

by Larry Bush 01.15.2013

“While we have a hard-working Ethics Commission and San Franciscans have repeatedly voted for ethics reform, we need to do more to be sure laws are enforced, and to close loopholes that cause the public to question our transparency. Together, we can do better.” – Board President David Chiu’s Inaugural Remarks When the new Board [...]

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The Domestic Violence Challenge

by Larry Bush 11.02.2012

(photo courtesy of Luke Thomas/FogCityJournal.com) The advocates and directors of programs aimed at curbing domestic violence and assisting its victims have one thing right: San Francisco is failing and has fallen far behind the standard set in other communities. The evidence is irrefutable that the city has failed to put into place policies that will [...]

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The Ross M. Story The Chron Won’t Publish

by Larry Bush 10.08.2012

(A few hours after CitiReport posted this, the Chron’s Debra Saunders posted Evelyn’s article on Debra’s blog. Read her intro and the post here: http://blog.sfgate.com/djsaunders/2012/10/08/former-girlfriend-defends-mirkarimi/ (This is from Evelyn Nieves, a respected journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post and other publications. She has just returned from on-site reporting from the [...]

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Pictures Tell The Story

by Larry Bush 10.02.2012

CitiReport is pleased to present the artful story-telling of Joe Luby on the topic of the month — the Official Misconduct charge against Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi. Scroll down for an illustrated Guide to Mayor Lee and the Ethics Commission. The final two panels should be considered to be a single panel.  

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City Officials Fail To Report Financial Interests

by Larry Bush 09.10.2012

City officials with a say over awarding hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts and monitoring over a billion dollars in spending from bond funds failed to comply with state laws requiring that they publicly disclosure their potential financial conflicts of interest months after the state deadline. Among the officials who have not filed by [...]

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JETTISON THE ETHICS COMMISSION

by Larry Bush 06.07.2012

(George Wooding, the author of this extensively analyzed review of the city’s Ethics Commission, wrote this for the Westside Observer. It is posted here with his and Westside Observer’s permission. The artwork was with the Westside Observer article). By George Wooding It’s time to jettison the dysfunctional Ethics Commission, whose annual budgets have cost taxpayers [...]

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Mythologizing Gavin Newsom

by Larry Bush 04.20.2012

It is, we are told, spelled out in the City Charter. “Official misconduct means…conduct that falls below the standard of decency, good faith and right action impliedly required of all public officers…” What that means – and doesn’t mean – comes through in sharp relief if you substitute the name Gavin Newsom for Ross Mirkarimi. [...]

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Lee vs. Nuru: Not Happening!

by Larry Bush 03.25.2012

(photo credit: Luke Thomas, Fog City Journal. Left to right, Mayor’s Chief of Staff Steve Kawa, Rose Pak, Mohammed Nuru, former mayor Willie Brown) It came and went in the blink of an eye. The Chronicle gave it one story, six paragraphs on page C-3 on March 2.  No editorial, no commentary from Chuck Nevius. No [...]

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Gascon Record May Reflect His Political Interests

by Larry Bush 01.24.2012

With Election Day just six days away, it was one of the most explosive charges that could be made and it came from one of the most prominent political figures in San Francisco. Was District Attorney George Gascon failing to file charges in the case of a pedestrian killed by a bicyclist in July because [...]

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Busted: City Appointees Could Face Dismissal From Office

by Larry Bush 09.12.2011

Nine city appointees and designated employees could be dismissed from their positions and face $5,000 in fines following their repeated failure to comply with the law requiring disclosure of economic interests. On August 19, the San Francisco Ethics Commission referred the current holders of city appointments or jobs to the California Fair Political Practices Commission [...]

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