Posts Tagged ‘ETHICS’

More Backbone for Our Invertebrate Ethics Commish: “Dennis Herrera Names Peter Keane to San Francisco Ethics Commission”

Monday, October 21st, 2013

In one fell swoop, our ethics commish has become 40%* vertebrate, a strong minority:

“Herrera names Peter Keane to San Francisco Ethics Commission. Law professor, former law school dean and Chief Assistant S.F. Public Defender brings ‘extraordinary professionalism and legal credentials’ to five-member panel

SAN FRANCISCO (Oct. 21, 2013)—City Attorney Dennis Herrera today named law professor and law school dean emeritus Peter Keane to the San Francisco Ethics Commission. Keane brings a wealth of experience in law and government ethics issues to the five-member panel, which is charged with serving citizens, public officials and political candidates through education and enforcement of ethics laws and regulations.

Keane currently serves as a professor of law and dean emeritus at Golden Gate University Law School, and as a visiting professor at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he teaches evidence, criminal procedure, constitutional law and professional responsibility. He served for 20 years as San Francisco’s Chief Assistant Public Defender, and was appointed by the Board of Supervisors in 2004 to serve a term on the San Francisco Police Commission. Keane, a former president of the Bar Association of San Francisco and vice-president of the State Bar of California, remains a highly sought-after legal commentator for local, national, and international news organizations, and has hosted numerous legal roundtables and radio programs, including “Keane on the Law” for KPIX Radio. He authored 1994’s Proposition 190, the successful statewide ballot measure that amended California’s Constitution to reform and restructure the Commission on Judicial Performance, the agency that oversees the California Judiciary.

“Peter Keane brings extraordinary professionalism and legal credentials to the San Francisco Ethics Commission, and I know San Franciscans will be extremely well served by his experience as an educator and veteran public servant,” Herrera said. “Peter’s dedication to the cause of justice and remarkable knowledge of government ethics will be an enormously valuable asset for the commission and the citizens it serves.”

The San Francisco Charter specifies that the City Attorney’s appointment to the Ethics Commission have a background in law as it relates to government ethics. Created by voters with the passage of Proposition K in November 1993, the Ethics Commission is empowered to, among other things, administer the City’s ethics laws, including its campaign contribution, conflict of interest, lobbying and whistle-blowing laws; to investigate alleged violations of those laws and to impose penalties; and to submit proposed ordinances directly to voters relating to government ethics.

Keane fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Herrera’s prior appointee, Jamienne S. Studley, who was recently appointed to serve as Deputy Undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Education in the Obama Administration. The unexpired term is set to lapse on Feb. 1, 2014.”

*Keane plus Benedict Y. Hur, Esq., vs., you know, three jellyfish.

Here It Is: The First Ever S.F. Sheriff’s Newsletter – From Ross Mirkarimi – Poor Andrea Shorter! – Poor Ron Conway!

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Let me tell you, there are two kinds of commission heads in the 415.

There’s the kind what graduates from real Harvard and actually shows some backbone and…

…the kind what goes to fake* Harvard and, actually, appears to be invertebrate.

Just saying.

Hey, speaking of Ross Mirkarimi, guess who’s settling into his new job.

See?

I’d give you a link to this newsletter but I don’t know how.

This guy might know tho:

© 2012 San Francisco Sheriff’s Department 
Information Technology Support and Services  
Questions and comments to 

david.hardy@sfgov.org

Now, what’s left. Or should I say, what’s right, what’s a right-wing Republican billionaire like Ron Conway doing trying to make San Francisco bidness-friendly?

But oh no, now it appears he’s grown tried of politics?

Say it isn’t so!

Things, allegedly, were working out so well before, back when naive Ron Conway was spending money to elect and unelect Christina Olague AT THE SAME TIME. You’re not that politically astute, are you, Ron Conway?

Ah memories.

I’m sure Andrea Shorter the spineless jellyfish and Ron Conway the Decline To State Republican can figure something out over the coming weeks, months, years or decades.

In the meantime, we’ll just have to make do with Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi. 

*You make the call on this one. If you, a government functionary, sign up for and attend a 19-day course at Hahvard, would you later put the experience on your Linked In? I wouldn’t.

And if you, the high-level worker at Equality, labored there during that controversial period, would you put it on your Linked In? I wouldn’t relish doing that neither.

Anyway, have at it:

“Harvard University Kennedy School of Government
Senior Executive Education
2009 – 2009

Activities and Societies: David Bohnett Fellow

Education
Senior Executive Education at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government

 Atlas Leadership Strategies is a political coaching and consulting firm specializing in client specific advanced political leadership skill development by providing discreet, highly confidential one-to-one support to:Chief Executive Political Coach and Consultant

Atlas Leadership Strategies
January 2011 – Present (2 years)

- persons considering running for office – for the first time or following a defeat

- newly elected and appointed officials to help set their agenda for the first few months in office

- experienced elected and appointed officials considering running for another office or transitioning out of public office (retiring)

Chief Executive Political Coach and Consultant Andrea Shorter, brings 25 years as an accomplished public official, cutting edge public policy leader, political strategist, and civil and human rights advocate. She has developed a results oriented one-on-one political leadership coaching style sought by state and local government officials. She continues to provide public policy, messaging strategies, and crisis management consultation to candidates, non-profit and political organization leaders, and key elected officials including Mayors, District Attorneys, State Legislators, County Supervisors, School Board Commissioners, Trustees, and the California Attorney General.

In 2009, Andrea was awarded the prestigious David Bohnett Fellowship at the Harvard-Kennedy School’s Executive Education Program in State and Local Government”

“ETHICS COMMISSION ANNOUNCES THAT THE INDIVIDUAL EXPENDITURE CEILING HAS BEEN RAISED FOR MAYORAL CANDIDATES”

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

After-hours news:

“SF ETHICS COMMISSION ANNOUNCES THAT THE INDIVIDUAL EXPENDITURE CEILING HAS BEEN RAISED FOR MAYORAL CANDIDATES”

So, look forward to even more of your money to be spent like this:

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All the deets:

The San Francisco Ethics Commission announced today that it raised the Individual Expenditure Ceiling of nine publicly financed mayoral candidates, Michela Alioto-Pier, John Avalos, David Chiu, Bevan Dufty, Tony Hall, Dennis Herrera, Joanna Rees, Phil Ting and Leland Yee, to $1,575,000. The Individual Expenditure Ceiling for these nine candidates was raised because the Total Supportive Funds of another candidate totaled $1,577,875.

Based on filings received by the Ethics Commission yesterday, Total Supportive Funds of Ed Lee, a candidate for Mayor, totaled $1,577,875. Accordingly, by law, the Ethics Commission was required to raise the Individual Expenditure Ceiling of all publicly financed mayoral candidates.

A table reflecting the Individual Expenditure Ceilings of all publicly financed candidates is updated as ceilings are adjusted and is posted on the Ethics Commission website at http://www.sfethics.org/ethics/2011/03/campaign-finance-expenditure-ceilings-november-8-2011-election.html

A candidate running for Mayor who seeks public funding must abide by his or her Individual Expenditure Ceiling, which begins at $1,475,000, and may be raised in increments of $100,000 based on the sum of opposition spending against the participating candidate and the total supportive funds of the candidate’s opponents. A candidate is required to file Form SFEC-152(b)-2 within 24 hours of receiving contributions or making expenditures that equal or exceed $1,000,000 and for every $50,000 thereafter. Any person making independent expenditures, electioneering communications, or member communications that clearly identify a candidate for Mayor is required to file Form SFEC-152(b)-3 within 24 hours of each time the person spends $5,000 or more per candidate.

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The Ethics Commission, established in November 1993, serves the public, City employees and officials and candidates for public office through education and enforcement of ethics laws. Its duties include: filing and auditing of campaign finance disclosure statements, lobbyist and campaign consultant registration and regulation, administration of the public financing program, conflict of interests reporting, investigations and enforcement, education and training, advice giving and statistical reporting.

Contact: John St. Croix”

Publicly Financed Candidate’s Name IEC
Alioto-Pier, Michela $1,575,000
Avalos, John $1,575,000
Chiu, David $1,575,000
Dufty, Bevan $1,575,000
Hall, Tony $1,575,000
Herrera, Dennis $1,575,000
Rees, Joanna $1,575,000
Ting, Phil $1,575,000
Yee, Leland $1,575,000

Mayor Ed Lee is a Former Progressive at Best: Why is He Supported by Republican Party, Opposed by Democratic?

Friday, October 14th, 2011

[UPDATE: Oh, it appears the chair of the San Francisco Republican Party, the Un-Peskin let's call her, agrees with me. She's threatening to file a complaint with the Ethics Commission(???) and/or sue(!) the SF Weekly. Apparently, she totally doesn't love Ed Lee, no way, as if! O.K. fine.]

Discuss:

The Democratic County Central Committee is up front about not supporting Mayor Ed Lee and/but the Republican County Central Committee isn’t up front about supporting Ed Lee.  

I think that’s right.

What kind of progressive goes in front of a roomful of bidnesspeople and talks about cutting taxes? A former progressive, that’s who.

What kind of progressive gives the performance of Mayor Willie Brown not just an “A,” but an “A+?” A former progressive, that’s who.

The latest:

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As they say, Republicans Love Mayor Ed Lee.”

Oh No, Ed Lee! Rose Pak and Willie Brown Throw Down Against SF Ethics Commission in Sing Tao Daily!

Monday, August 8th, 2011

I don’t know what to make of this image below.

Is it a portion of yesterday’s Sing Tao Daily? (And, if so, wouldn’t that please Caroline Chen of the SF Weekly?)

And does it have some bons mots from Chinatown ward healer Rose Pak and former Mayor Willie Brown?

And does it concern their reactions to the San Francisco Ethics Commission coming down hard on defunct (or maybe not-so-defunct after allRun Ed Run and area attorney Enrique Pearce?

As always, You Make The Call.

Exhibit A, from Rose Pak, on the topic of the recent statements from San Francisco Ethics Commission Executive Director John St. Croix:

“He doesn’t even know the U.S. Constitution. I don’t know how he does his job. How can you deprive people of their rights to volunteer for a campaign? It is unheard in history that if someone enters the race, those who helped him before are not allowed to help him again,” said Pak.

Snap!

And Exhibit B, from His Willieness*:

 ”Former Mayor Willie Brown said St. Croix obviously does not understand what democracy is about. His anti-Ed Lee position has disqualified himself for his post. “When you announce your candidacy, I will not be able to support you. This is just unbelievable,” said Brown.”

(Keep in mind when you hear allegations of constitutionality and whatnot, that Willie Brown went to UC Hastings School of Law and Enrique Pearce and Mayor Ed Lee both attended UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall.)

See? Read it for yourself:

Oh, how about this crude translation? It’s the best I can do right now:

“In response to the letter from San Francisco Ethics Commission Director John St. Croix, supporters of Ed Lee for Mayor reprimanded St. Croix for actions being based on nothing. They also questioned his qualification for the position. 

Chinese Chamber of Commerce consultant Rose Pak described it the biggest joke of the world. She said it is full of nonsense. He didn’t know what he’s talking about. “He doesn’t even know the U.S. Constitution. I don’t know how he does his job. How can you deprive people of their rights to volunteer for a campaign? It is unheard in history that if someone enters the race, those who helped him before are not allowed to help him again,” said Pak.

Enrique Pearce had consulted St. Croix. However, the latter said differently afterwards. Besides, he didn’t provide written replies to questions that Progress for All raised or gave explanations, said Rose Pak. “I will be the first one not to comply. You don’t have the authority to formulate the law, which is not free to go by your interpretation.”

 Former Mayor Willie Brown said St. Croix obviously does not understand what democracy is about. His anti-Ed Lee position has disqualified himself for his post. “When you announce your candidacy, I will not be able to support you. This is just unbelievable,” said Brown.

Hey, what do you think? Is this an accurate translation? Tell me, tell me if you think the translation isn’t good.

*Speaking of Willie Brown (who still writes for the San Francisco Chronicle) and Rose Pak (who used to write for the San Francisco Chronicle), here’s a bit (in the San Francisco Chronicle) from Willie on Rose circa April 2011:

Holding court at the party for the opening of the new airport terminal, Rose was seated at the table with interim Mayor Ed Lee and his wife, Anita, and a host of other local officials.

“I want every one of you to call his office and tell him he should run for mayor,” Rose told the table. “And do it right away so that there’s no misunderstanding.”

Then she turned to the architect David Gensler.

“Didn’t you do this terminal?” she asked.

“Yes,” he said.

“Didn’t you remodel this terminal before?”

“Yes,” he said.

“Then your firm should raise a million dollars for his election campaign.”

Poor Gensler, he didn’t know what hit him.”

Run, Ed, Run: Wow, Take a Look at the Media Scrum at Today’s Mayor Ed Lee Campaign Announcement

Monday, August 8th, 2011

There he is, San Francisco Interim Mayor Ed Lee announcing his election campaign.

At this moment, he was dodging questions from The Bay Citizen’s Gerry Shih

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The deets:

I ask Ed Lee if he’ll keep giving exclu. intvus/news/polls to chron. Nevius comes up after, sez “maybe when you work for a bigger place’ Heh”

And somebody got arrested because Mayor Lee is an “oath breaker?” Didn’t see that.  (Hope it wasn’t David Chiu!) Here are some peace officers outside of City Hall dealing with the aftermath of that little scuffle:

Here’s the audio of heckler Charles Kalish, addressing the Mayor: “Sir, are you going to step down?” Well, Chuck got carried away by six Sheriff’s deputies, I heard.

Anyway, it was over in a flash, with Ed journeying up to Room 200:

And, oh look, here’s a fresh statement from Senator Leland Yee:

“I have always said that whoever wants to run should run. I look forward to discussing the important issues facing our city with the interim mayor and finally seeing him at the candidate debates. While Ed Lee entering the race today is newsworthy, I am more focused on our campaign’s message to voters and continuing the dialogue we have had over the past 8 months. What I hear from the people of San Francisco is that we need to clean up City Hall and have a mayor who is independent of the power brokers. That is why I have released a 21-point ethics plan to restore the public trust and return city government to the people of our great city. Fighting for them is a promise I will keep as mayor.”

One of those “power brokers” referenced must certainly be Chinatown ward healer Rose Pak, but she wasn’t on the scene today in the basement of City Hall.

And here’s Board of Supervisors President David Chiu on the KQED News Fix Blog:

“Today there are many San Franciscans who are disappointed that Ed broke his promise,” he said.  “For many months Ed Lee told San Franciscans one thing but it’s clear now he’s going to do just the opposite.”

Ouch.

On It Goes…

Oh No, Ed Lee! Bogus “Run Ed Run” Committee to Get Called On The Carpet on August 8th, 2011

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Oh, it’s on. It’s on the agenda for the next meeting of the San Francisco Ethics Commission:

Consideration of the Status of “Progress for All,” an entity registered as a General Purpose Committee in San Francisco. This organization is responsible for the “Run, Ed, Run” campaign and claims its primary purpose is to convince Mayor Ed Lee to run for election to the office that he currently holds. The Executive Director has instructed Progress for All to refile as a “Primarily Formed Committee” as its independent expenditures have the effect of promoting an Ed Lee candidacy to the voters. As a matter of policy, the Commission will discuss the status of Progress for All and possibly determine what, if any, policy and regulatory changes are necessary to address similar situations in the future. The Commission may also discuss whether to redraft, withdraw or update a prior informal advice letter to the Progress for All Committee. (Discussion and possible action.)”

It turns out that some of these unenthusiastic people were getting paid $11 an hour? That would explain a lot:

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The gritty nitty:

“During the current Mayoral election cycle, two committees formed with the stated
intention of convincing Mayor Ed Lee to run for the office which he now holds. The
first, called “Progress for All” registered as a committee on May 18, 2011 (and refiled
on June 23) and is the sponsor of the “Run, Ed, Run” campaign. The second, called
“Support Drafting Ed Lee for Mayor 2011” registered as a committee on July 19. A
third group was also formed, but reportedly did not raise or spend any money and
therefore did not qualify as a committee.

State and local law provide definitions of types of committees and their filing
responsibilities. Initially, the scope of the activities of these committees was unclear.
In an informal advice letter date May 17, 2011, the Commission answered a
hypothetical question from Enrique Pearce, who would become a hired consultant for
Progress for All. However, the question posed in that letter is only tangential to the
policy question before the Commission. While it is clear that the citizens expect
political activity, particularly fundraising and spending, to be regulated, under which
state and local regulations are committees such as the two mentioned above most
appropriately placed?”

It goes on and on…

(more…)

Ethics Commission Announces Higher Spending Limits for Two Candidates in District 2 Supe Race

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Well, as far as the District Two Supervisor race is concerned, the big news is the Sweet Melissa Griffin Debate on Wednesday, July 28th. You just don’t who all is going to come, that’s part of the drama. (Bonus: You might be able to search for that America’s Cup trophy up at the Golden Gate Yacht Club during the shebang.)

UPDATE: Debate Postponed

Anyway, the San Francisco Ethics Commission has something to say today. The upshot is that Abraham Simmons and Kat Anderson will be able to spend more dough.

That is, A.S. and…

…K.T. will soon be able to burn…

…more $$.

So, here are the debate deets - find the Ethic Commission announcement below.

What: D2 Candidate Debate featuring:

Kat Anderson
Mark Farrell
Janet Reilly
Abraham Simmons

***Please note: An invitation has been extended to Supervisor Michella Alioto-Pier pending the outcome of her legal challenge to the City’s determination that she may not run for another term.

WhereGolden Gate Yacht Club, 1 Yacht Rd., SF, 94123
When:  Wednesday, July 28th – 5:30 pm wine and light appetizers reception – 6:30 pm debate to start promptly

Officer Elections

Elections will take place immediately following the candidate forum.

It’s that time of the year when SFYD elects its Executive Board.  After the July 28th candidate debate SFYD members will vote on five elected positions.  The elected positions, the candidates and theirquestionnaires are below:

President - Maxwell Szabo
External Vice President - Emily Salgado
Internal Vice President - Renee Darner
Treasurer - Allie Fisher
Secretary - Dean Ignacio

 

SF ETHICS COMMISSION ANNOUNCES THAT THE INDIVIDUAL EXPENDITURE CEILING HAS BEEN RAISED FOR BOARD OF SUPERVISORS CANDIDATES IN DISTRICT 2

The San Francisco Ethics Commission announced today that it raised the Individual Expenditure Ceiling of two publicly financed candidates in District 2, Kat Anderson and Abraham Simmons, to $153,000.    The Individual Expenditure Ceiling for these two candidates was raised because the Total Supportive Funds of another candidate in the district totaled $160,915.  

Yesterday, Mark Farrell, a candidate for the Board of Supervisors in District 2, filed a form indicating that he has raised $160,915.  Accordingly, by law, the Ethics Commission was required to raise the Individual Expenditure Ceiling of publicly financed candidates in District 2. 

A table reflecting the Individual Expenditure Ceilings of all publicly financed candidates is updated as ceilings are adjusted and is posted on the Ethics Commission website at (http://www.sfethics.org/ethics/2010/05/campaign-finance-expenditure-ceilings-november-2-2010-election.html).

A candidate running for the Board of Supervisors who seeks public funding must abide by his or her Individual Expenditure Ceiling, which begins at $143,000, and may be raised in increments of $10,000 based on the sum of opposition spending against the participating candidate and the total supportive funds of the candidate’s opponents.  A candidate is required to file Form SFEC-152(a)-2 within 24 hours of receiving contributions or making expenditures that equal or exceed $100,000 and for every $10,000 thereafter.  Any person making independent expenditures, electioneering communications, or member communications that clearly identify a candidate for the Board of Supervisors is required to file Form SFEC-152(a)-3 within 24 hours of each time the person spends $5,000 or more per candidate. 

The Ethics Commission, established in November 1993, serves the public, City employees and officials and candidates for public office through education and enforcement of ethics laws.  Its duties include:  filing and auditing of campaign finance disclosure statements, lobbyist and campaign consultant registration and regulation, administration of the public financing program, conflict of interests reporting, investigations and enforcement, education and training, advice giving and statistical reporting.