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America’s Cup: Billionaires Play, Residents Pay

by Larry Bush 06.21.2013

The America’s Cup slipped into town with its first events with little fanfare a week or more days ago, accompanied by the sound of ringing cash registers for Larry Ellison even while his event committee appears likely to leave San Francisco taxpayers to foot millions more in costs than originally promised. Ellison will garner millions […]

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Renne: More To Come on SFHA

by Larry Bush 06.21.2013

Law enforcement officials at the federal and local level are showing a strong interest in whether former mayor Willie Brown was at the center of an effort to rig a Housing Authority contract, CitiReport has learned. City Attorney Louise Renne now also is undertaking an investigation into “procurement manipulation” following a new request from the […]

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Ethics Commission: Failing The Public Again

by George Wooding 06.21.2013

It is now more important for the Ethics Commission to protect “City Family” officials than it is to provide justice for San Francisco citizens.  The Commission’s new job is to shield City agencies and politicians from their political wrongdoings. One of the main functions of the Ethics Commission is to review and enforce Sunshine Ordinance […]

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CitiReport Looks at SF Ethics, 2011-2013

by Larry Bush 05.10.2013

When CitiReport relaunched in January 2011 it was with the intent of providing information and commentary on the workings of City Hall and in particular the junction of ethics, money and politics. Over the past two years, our attention has returned repeatedly to the city’s Ethics Commission, the current city laws and how they are […]

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Washington, Sacto Want End to Dark Money

by Larry Bush 05.10.2013

It’s an age-old cry from unions facing management demands for cost-cutting measures that hit workers in the paycheck: “Open The Books.” Or, as Ronald Reagan said of the Russians, “Trust but Verify.” In either case, the goal was the same: finding a way to a level playing field that didn’t leave one side vulnerable to […]

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The Ethics Reform On the table

by Larry Bush 05.10.2013

Chiu, Herrera Put Ethics on the Agenda Board President David Chiu and City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s proposed ethics reforms would force into the open a flow of money aimed at influencing City Hall that has been hidden by custom and law, identifying how play-to-pay politics tips the scale on decisions that cost taxpayers in swollen […]

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City Hall Dodge Ball

by Larry Bush 03.06.2013

San Francisco lobbyists took in $6,055,756 in fees from vendors relying on their help to win contracts worth $372,601,824 in 2012, according to filings at the Ethics Commission. Lobbyists in turn contributed $111,557 to political campaigns last year, with half that total ($61,920) from the San Francisco Apartment Association. San Francisco is one of the […]

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An Ethics Syllabus

by Larry Bush 01.15.2013

2011 San Francisco Civil grand jury report “Ethics: Sleeping Watchdog” http://www.sfcourts.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=2860 2012 Board Budget and Legislative Analyst Report: San Francisco, Los Angeles Ethics comparison http://www.citireport.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Ethics-II.Final_.pdf SACRAMENTO DEVELOPMENTS Overview of California Disclose Act http://corporatereformcoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/CA-DISCLOSE-Act-Overview.pdf FPPC Proposes Tighter Rules on Reporting http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2012/09/fppc-pushes-to-tighten-disclosure-for-independent-expenditures-disclosure.html Stricter Campaign Disclosure Proposed by Yee, Leno http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2012/12/california-democrats-propose-stricter-campaign-disclosure-laws.html http://sd08.senate.ca.gov/news/2012-12-03-yee-and-lieu-introduce-california-campaign-disclosure-act California Lobby Laws Riddled with Holes […]

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Conway Tops $1.2 Million in city elections

by Larry Bush 11.02.2012

It was in 2010, just two years ago, that Ron Conway told a business group “We are going to take our city back.” This year, Conway appeared before the Commonwealth Club to update that pledge. “Guess what,” Conway said, “Ed lee got elected mayor, and we have taken our city back,” reported the San Francisco […]

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A Primer for Closing “Soft Money” Disclosure Loopholes in San Francisco

by Oliver Luby 10.22.2012

How to Improve Transparency for Independent Election Spending: Header summary: 1. Fix Supplemental “Third Party” Disclosure. a. Limitations regarding the reach of California AB 481’s 90-day period for disclosure of independent spending. b. Limitations regarding San Francisco’s third party disclosure                                 […]

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