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The Back Story on SFHA’s Past and Future

by Larry Bush 03.06.2013

For problems at SFHA to be fixed, it’s not just SFHA that needs a restart. It’s also City Hall — specifically the Mayor’s office. As HUD’s Public Affairs Officer for Arizona, California, Nevada and Hawaii until 2010, I saw public housing authorities struggling with budget cuts, maladministration and political agendas. But I also saw many [...]

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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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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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Chiu Sets His Priorities

by Larry Bush 01.15.2013

Thrice-elected Board President David Chiu outlined his hopes for the Board over the next two years in remarks made on January 8 when the new Board took their seats. He provided CitiReport with a copy of his remarks that is presented here. Colleagues, thank you again for the honor to serve as your President for [...]

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Ethics: Kill this Reform Review, say former Ethics Commissioners, Community advocates

by Larry Bush 12.04.2012

(Image courtesy of Luke Thomas/FogCityJournal) A formal protest was lodged today with the Ethics Commission regarding their handling of tonight’s public process to consider recommendations from the Board Budget Analyst based on comparisons with the LA Ethics Commission. This letter, signed by six past Ethics Commissioners, an award-winning former Ethics enforcement officer, past head of [...]

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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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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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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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