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Ethics Commission: Try, Try Again In Rewrite of Civil Grand Jury Response

by Larry Bush 08.17.2011

(Photo by Tony De Renzo for CitiReport) The San Francisco Ethics Commission tried for a second time to craft a response to the Civil Grand Jury report that found them to be a “Sleeping Watchdog” at its August 8 session. (See video of the first 90 minutes of the Ethics Commission meeting by clicking this […]

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City Scofflaws: Book’em, Dano!

by Larry Bush 07.26.2011

Four months after the deadline, ten city officials have yet to file Statements of Economic Interest and may soon be referred to a state agency for legal action, including fines and potential removal from office. Included among the ten non-filers are Mayor Ed Lee’s scheduling secretary, a member of the Community College Board, the Hotel […]

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Ethics to Mayor: Pls Fire Library Prez Jewelle Gomez

by Larry Bush 07.12.2011

CitiReport arranged for the Ethics Commission meeting to be videotaped at CitiReport’s cost as a public service and is posted on Youtube.com at http://youtu.be/HPB2ZNRx8T4 The San Francisco Ethics Commission unanimously voted at its July 11 meeting to send Mayor Ed Lee a letter urging him to remove Library Commission President Jewelle Gomez following its first-ever […]

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Civil Grand Jury Blows The Whistle on City’s Whistleblower Program

by Larry Bush 07.11.2011

The San Francisco Civil Grand Jury flunked the city’s Whistleblower program in its latest report on the performance of City Hall in a July 11 release. “Whistling in the Dark” faulted the city for its failure to protect city worker whistleblowers from retaliation, including being fired from their jobs, for its secrecy that prevents the […]

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18 City Officials Missed Second Filing Deadline

by Larry Bush 07.01.2011

It’s time to pull out the MIA bracelets. Next time, the bracelets may come from an enforcement agency. Eighteen city officials failed once again to meet the deadline to file Statements of Economic Interest, and this time the Mayor’s appointee to the Elections Commission has been referred to the Fair Political Practices Commission for further […]

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Run Ed Co-Chair’s Nonprofit Got $1 Million from Lee’s Office

by Larry Bush 06.29.2011

Gordon Chin, one of four co-chairs of the Run Ed Run campaign to draft Interim Mayor Ed Lee into this fall’s mayoral contest, heads a nonprofit awarded $1,136,000 directly from Mayor Lee’s office this year, an increase of more than $200,000 over the previous year. In total, Chin’s Chinatown Community Development Center received an additional […]

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Not In SF: Ethics Actions Increase

by Larry Bush 05.31.2011

CitiReport will periodically post links to articles around the country reporting on ethics actions — reforms being debated, enforcement actions underway — which provide an illustrative contrast to San Francisco Ethics Commission’s moribund state. Or in some cases, will mirror from other areas the reluctance exemplified in San Francisco. More than the specifics, however, it […]

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Two SF Officials Fined for Ethics Violations

by Larry Bush 05.07.2011

The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) fined a San Francisco Arts Commissioner and a member of the San Francisco Rate Board for failing to file required economic disclosure statements. The action by the state agency stands in contrast to the San Francisco Ethics Commission, that took no action on the failures to meet local ethics […]

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Obama: I Want Sunlight on Contractor Campaign Spending

by Larry Bush 05.07.2011

What failed in Congress last year after threats of a Republican filibuster may become federal policy under a Political Contributions EXEC Order by President Obama. The order would require federal contractors to reveal their political contributions for the prior two years – to candidates, to political committees, to third-party groups and to nonprofit groups like […]

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Ethics Sets 2010 Campaigns to Audit

by Larry Bush 04.10.2011

The San Francisco Ethics Commission released  seven November 2010 election committee that will be audited under its annual review program. The list, provided by Executive Director John St. Croix at the February 14 meeting includes: Standing up to Save San Francisco – No on Measures B and K/Yes on Measures J and N, a coalition […]

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