The controversy that erupted last summer over political spending encouraging Ed Lee to run for mayor has prompted the San Francisco Ethics Commission to create a new campaign finance category applicable to such groups. Read More
It remains unclear whether suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi will have his political future decided by the Board of Supervisors before or after the Nov. 6 election.
The elected sheriff-in-limbo, who has been facing The City’s meticulous removal process since March, asked that a final judgment be delayed until after the election, in which five supervisorial seats are up for grabs. Read More
Conspiracy theorists still pondering last week’s bizarre sequence of events during misconduct proceedings against suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi will probably end up disappointed. They could even find themselves lacking basic answers — the simple building blocks used to launch their complex hypotheses — because of the seemingly universal code of silence being imposed by San Francisco politicians and law enforcement. Read More
Much has been made of Mayor Ed Lee’s allegedly laundered campaign contributions this election season, but many of his opponents also have taken illegal money — amid considerably less scandal.
City ethics rules forbid candidates from taking money from people involved in organizations awarded city contracts worth more than $50,000 if those contracts are approved by the candidates in their current city jobs or by the office they are seeking. Read More
Public Defender Jeff Adachi will be allowed to use his name and image on election materials promoting his Proposition D pension measure after all. Within 24 hours, the Ethics Commission reversed its decision on the rules, after saying Adachi is prohibited from using his image and name on the pension measure materials because he was also running for mayor. Read More
UPDATE: The Ethics Commission has reversed its stance and now says Adachi can use his name and image to promote his pension-reform measure on the ballot.
Public Defender Jeff Adachi cannot use his name or photo on any election materials supporting his pension-reform ballot measure because he’s also running for mayor, the Ethics Commission said Thursday. Read More
Was Mayor Ed Lee a candidate before announcing his candidacy?Apparently not, according to the San Francisco Ethics Commission, which debated for more than an hour Monday the role of the controversial “Run, Ed, Run” campaign. “Run, Ed, Run” has come under scrutiny since it launched earlier this summer, raising money and campaigning publicly in hopes of convincing interim Mayor Ed Lee to declare his candidacy in the November mayoral race. Read More
Last week, the Run, Ed, Run campaign dropped off a stack of signatures, held a rally outside City Hall, and then said they were shutting the campaign down. Read More
Running for citywide office in San Francisco is no easy task, but with so many candidates running for mayor, district attorney and sheriff, a rule limiting the amount of money an individual donor can give in one election cycle is making it all the more difficult. Read More
When City Administrator Ed Lee was appointed mayor of San Francisco, to serve out the remainder of Gavin Newsom’s term in office, he said he would do so if he could return to his post as City Administrator. But for that to happen, a city law requires changing. Read More