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City of San Diego Ethics Commission



Wednesday, August 22, 2001 - 2:00 p.m.
Committee Room
202 C Street, 12th Floor
San Diego, CA

Item 1. Call to Order

The public meeting will be opened, one of the Commissioners will be asked to volunteer to serve as the temporary Chair until a Chair is chosen.

Item 2. Oath of Office

The seven members of the Ethics Commission will be sworn in by City Clerk Charles G. Abdelnour. The members are Lisa Foster, Albert J. Gaynor, Charles G. La Bella, Dorothy J. Leonard, April R. Riel, Dorothy L. W. Smith, and Gregory A. Vega.

Item 3. Commissioner Introduction and Comment

The members of the Commission will introduce themselves and, if desired, make a statement or comment.

Item 4. Election of Chair and Vice Chair

San Diego Municipal Code section 26.0404(e) requires that the members of the Commission elect a Chair annually, on July 1 or as soon thereafter as possible. Pursuant to San Diego Municipal Code section 26.0409(a), the concurring vote of four members of the Commission is required to take this action.

Item 5. Signing of Declaration - Prohibition on Running for Elective Governmental Office

San Diego Municipal Code section 26.0406(c) states that no member of the EthicsCommission shall become a candidate for elective governmental office during his or her tenure on the Commission, and for twelve months thereafter, and requires that members sign a declaration acknowledging this requirement, and waiving the right to legally challenge the requirement. Commissioners will be given a declaration form to complete related to this requirement.

Item 6. City Staff Report - Ethics Commission Worklist and Timeline

City staff will brief the Commission on a draft worklist and timeline that has been developed by staff, and will solicit input from the Commission for further development of the worklist and timeline.

Item 7. City Attorney Staff Report - Charter Amendment Authorizing Subpoena Power

City Attorney staff will discuss proposed ballot language for March 2002 election to change City Charter authorizing subpoena power for the Commission, and timeline for approval of the ballot language.

San Diego Municipal Code section 26.0414(e) states that the Commission shall be empowered to subpoena documents and witnesses, subject to a City Charter amendment granting subpoena authority to the Commission.

Item 8. Commission Calendar

Discussion and development of the Commission calendar for future meetings. The Commission is subject to the open meeting requirements of the Ralph M. Brown Act.

Item 9. Commission Staff and Budget

Discussion of staffing and budget requirements.

San Diego Municipal Code section 26.0411 requires that the Commission employ a staff consisting of no less than a full time executive director, a clerical assistant, and an investigator. The selection of the executive director is subject to City Council confirmation. Section 26.0411 also requires that the City Council appropriate a reasonable budget for the Commission.

Item 10. Adjournment
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