: September 27, 2011
According to Melissa Griffin's column in the
Examiner yesterday, the board of supervisors' Government Audit and Oversight Committee met last week to discuss the civil grand jury report discussed below. The results of the committee consideration of the report are included after each relevant section below.
The San Francisco Ethics Commission has been criticized a lot recently.
As I wrote in a
, three whistleblower complaints were filed
against it by an employee, the last in 2009; and in 2010, people
marched on the EC after the death of an ethics activist who had served
successively as a staff member and a commission member.
In addition, through articles and blog posts, Larry Bush has been leading a campaign against the commission,
accusing it of rewriting the city's lobbyist law in 2009 so that
many major players were exempted from the definition of lobbyist; of
stating that it had never found a violation of a particular "pay to
play" rule; of destroying evidence of potential official
wrongdoing; and more. The EC has chosen not to respond to Bush's accusations.
city's civil grand jury
, citizens selected annually to
investigate whatever matters they choose relating to the city's
governance, has published a report on the EC (attached; see below). It
is not a complete audit of EC practices, but rather a selected look.
Note that this is civil grand jury, not a criminal grand jury. There
have been no criminal allegations against the EC.