Dorothy Liu lands spot on Ethics Commission

Dorothy Liu is a lawyer who has lived and worked in San Francisco since 1999, and she was appointed Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors to serve on the Ethics Commission.

But the appointment approval didn’t go so smoothly Tuesday. Supervisors Eric Mar, John Avalos and Ross Mirkarimi wanted the board to support another candidate for the job, Allen Grossman. Liu was the pick of the board’s Rules Committee last week.

“I think the Ethics Commission is a tremendously important commission where we need watch dogs that will make sure that big money doesn’t corrupt our elections process,” said Mar who made the motion for Grossman to take the post instead. “Mr. Grossman has been a strong sunshine ordinance task force advocate. He has been a watch dog, strongly supporting good government work.”

The three supervisors praised him for being “well-seasoned” when it comes to city Ethics laws and for having a strong vision on the direction the department needs to head in. Grossman actually successfully sued the department for shortcomings.

Liu, who has ties the influential Chinatown Community Development Center, is said to be a friend of board President David Chiu.

“I am a strong supporter of Dorothy Liu,” Chiu said. He said she truly “exemplifies the meaning of being ethical, of having integrity. She is exactly the right person.”

The motion to replace Liu with Grossman was shot down in an 8-3 vote. Liu’s appointment was confirmed in a 10-1 vote Tuesday. Avalos opposed it.

One of Liu’s first big votes will be whether to permit Mayor Ed Lee to return to his post as city administrator.

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