Paper Trails

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Shadow Money May Set Record

by Oliver Luby 10.21.2012

Independent spending regarding San Francisco Board of Supervisors contests, 2002 – 2012 Independent spending refers to campaign spending by independent groups or persons which is not coordinated with any candidates. I. Year-to-year historical comparison   Year # of candidates directly impacted by Independent spending Total Independent spending on candidates Largest amount of opposition spending Largest […]

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Candidates Answer CitiReport Questions

by Larry Bush 10.02.2012

Candidates Talk It Up There was near universal support for increasing transparency (providing a Guide for Contributors to reduce confusion, providing material in languages other than English, requiring electronic reporting), and for tightening up the potential for influence-peddling (a ban on contributions from lobbyists, a ban on giving contributions in City Hall itself). Overall, there […]

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CitiReport’s 2012 Supe Candidate Questionnaire

by Larry Bush 10.02.2012

(This is the questionnaire and the introduction to ethics issues sent to the candidates for supervisor for 2012. While CitiReport did not send this as well to the Community College and School Board candidates, we are pleased to make this available to any organizations or individuals who would like to do so. Most of the […]

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What Ethics Chair Ben Hur Didn’t Know

by Larry Bush 09.26.2012

 “Indeed, granting the Sheriff’s request (for a post-election delay) could cause the Commission to engage in the type of political maneuvering that it seeks to avoid.” Ben Hur, Ethics Commission Chair, denying a delay. As the months-long process of Ethics Commission hearings unwound, Commission Chair Ben Hur demonstrated the demeanor and familiarity with the legal […]

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City Officials on the A List for Free Tickets

by Larry Bush 09.10.2012

City agencies gifted elected officials, commissioners, senior managers and selected community groups with more than $319,000 worth of tickets to San Francisco 49er games, Opera, Symphony, Ballet and various entertainments in 2011 and for the first eight months of 2012, according to documents on file with San Francisco city departments. Four San Francisco agencies post […]

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The 2012 CitiReport Guide to the November Election

by Larry Bush 07.18.2012

Conventional wisdom holds that election activity begins after Labor Day. But by Labor Day, a majority of voters will already have made up their minds about the charter amendments, ballot measures and other “down ballot” issues lacking the high profile of a mayor’s election or a contested sheriff’s race. The true San Francisco campaign – […]

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Ivory Madison: In Her Own Words

by Larry Bush 07.13.2012

Illustration from Noir City 5 poster with Ivory Madison, crowned Miss Noir City 2007,  posing as the femme fatale. The promotion material noted that the couple  “both want to emphasize to the general public and their significant others that it took work to look as seedy and obnoxious as they appear in the poster. It […]

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The Untold Eliana Lopez Story: what the media didn’t report

by Larry Bush 07.03.2012

[CitiReport is posting in full Eliana Lopez’ declaration in the Ethics Commission hearing on the charge of Official Misconduct by Ross Mirkarimi. It is both an explanation of what she says occurred between her and her husband that led to his guilty plea in charges that originated as a domestic violence incident, and it is […]

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On the Record: Ross’s First 80 Days As Sheriff

by Larry Bush 07.03.2012

[Sheriff Mirkarimi’s testimony spanned two days and, while the focus was on issues surrounding Official Misconduct Charges, Mirkarimi’s attorney asked him to explain what he had done during the months he served as Sheriff before Mayor Lee suspended him. The purpose was to demonstrate that even while there was a cloud as Mirkarimi faced criminal […]

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Lee (finally) files Charges with Ethics

by Larry Bush 06.02.2012

Months after suspending Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, Mayor Ed Lee has submitted a list of charges that are the basis for his suspension and effort to remove Mirkarimi. In a 12-page document, Lee outlines six Counts with statements and claims that are certain to be disputed on both a factual and relevance basis before the Commission. […]

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