Elections Commission June Regular Meeting (Rescheduled)

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

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    June 5, 2024
    6:00 PM
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    1. Call to Order & Roll Call
    2. General Public Comment
    3. Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes
    4. Director’s Report
    5. Commissioners’ Reports
    6. Agenda Items for Future Meetings
    7. Adjournment

    Date & Time

    Wednesday, June 5, 2024
    6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    Elections Commission

    Room 416
    1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
    San Francisco, CA 94102
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    June 5, 2024 SF Elections Commission Regular Monthly Meeting


    Transcript for SF Elections Commission June 5, 2024 regular meeting:

    welcome everyone to the June 5th 2024 regular meeting of the San Francisco elections commission I'm the president Robin Stone The Time Is Now 6:03 p.m. and I call the meeting to

    order before we proceed further I would like to ask commission secretary marce Davis to briefly explain some procedures

    for participating in today's meeting thank you president

    Stone the minutes of this meeting will reflect that this meeting is being held in person at City Hall Room 416 one Dr

    Carlton be goodlet place in San Francisco 94102 and Via remotely via uh WebEx as

    authorized by the elections commission's February 15 2023 vote members of the

    public May attend the meeting to observe and provide public comment either at the physical meeting location or remotely

    details and instructions for participating remotely are listed on the commission's website and on today's

    meeting agenda public comment will be available on each item on this agenda

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    concluded and will be included as part of the official meeting file thank you

    president Stone thank you thank thank you SE

    secretary Davis will you please proceed with item one commission roll call President Stone president uh vice

    president Parker here commissioner burnol here

    commissioner D here commissioner loli here commissioner

    Wong you have six members present sorry and accounted for you have your Quorum

    thank you the San Francisco elections commission acknowledges that we are on the unseated ancestral homeland of the

    ramit to shalone who are the original inhabitants of the San Francisco Peninsula as the indigenous stewards of

    this land and in accordance with their Traditions the Rait to Shalon have never seated lost nor forgotten their resp responsibilities as caretakers of this

    place as well as for All Peoples who reside in their traditional territory as guests we recognize that we benefit from

    living and working on their traditional Homeland we wish to pay our respects by acknowledging the ancestors and relatives of Theos community and

    affirming their Sovereign rights as First Peoples closes agenda item number one we'll now move to agenda item number

    two general public comment public comment on any issue within the elections commission's elections

    commission's General jurisdiction that is not covered by another item on this this

    agenda there are no hands

    raised okay that closes agenda item number two move to agenda item number

    three approval of previous meeting minutes discussion and possible action on previous elections commission meeting

    minutes and I just have to apologize I didn't I didn't upload the meeting minutes so I apologize you are not

    confused that there was no attachment so I'll share that with folks we actually have also a couple of uh meeting minutes

    that need to be posted on the respective Pages um that are a little backlog so

    there are old drafts that were there but we want to uh update with the edits um

    the final meeting minutes so in the next meeting we will have all of that up to date so let's move to or if anyone has

    comment please feel free to share otherwise we'll move to public comment

    no public comment all right well we okay let's move to agenda item number four

    director's report discussion and possible action regarding the 20 June 20124 director's report we'll hand it to

    director ARS thank you president Stone so just to uh highlighted an item in in

    the report uh next Tuesday June 11th is a deadline for candidates for mayor and

    board supervisors to file nomination documents with the Department to appear on the ballot in

    November and the following period for the other local offices will begin July 15th and end on August

    9th then in addition to what's in the report uh today I appeared at the budget finance committee meeting regarding the

    two accept and expend resolutions one for $168,000 uh regarding election security

    the second for $60,000 regarding ible polling place

    practices the committee recommended that both be approved at the full board next Tuesday uh next Monday July or June 10th

    are the two uh MEC amendments one for opting out of ab1 1416 which is the U

    inclusion of supporters and opponents on Lo on ballot labels for local measures

    and we'd opt out if doing so would prevent from exceeding six a sixc card ballot

    then the second item at rules next Monday will be the Mec Amendment on uh

    Chinese character-based names both of those have been brought to the Commission in previous meetings for

    its review and then next Wednesday uh is the first budget and appropriation

    hearing for departments and then the following the second hearing will occur

    on Friday June 20th so next Wednesday which is what

    uh 12th 13th and then the following week on the 20th will be the second hearing

    and then from there I can take any questions on my

    report thank you director ARs and appreciate the additional Insight uh notwithstanding that they've already

    come in front of the commission just helpful to know the updates I will open it to commissioners

    yes vice president Parker thank you as usual um for your um

    really detailed report um I just have a couple of things

    um just to acknowledge and appreciate um that the registration voting guide for

    the non-citizen parents seemed really comprehensive and clear and um was glad to read about the consultation you're

    doing with the language accessibility advisory committee um and and related um

    you know I went and looked at the V voter portal again and the updates that you all have made and it's super easy to

    navigate so um so thank you for all of that and I'm wondering um do you all

    receive feedback about that tool on the site like I you know is it are you hearing from others that it's also easy

    to navigate or that it's difficult or any kind of feedback over time we will we haven't

    for for the March I know you haven't for this new one because we're not in the election time quite yet but for March even then do you tend to get feedback on

    how that tool works we I mean especially if people can't navigate it we yeah yeah

    uh but certainly we get we get some feedback from from

    folks and not overwhelmingly negative like people aren't having a time from

    what you can tell no I don't think so and we actually use our site when when people contact us we direct them to our

    site uh so it's actually we're trying to make it easy as possible so uh people

    don't have to contact us they can get the information themselves and it's and it's it's you know then people in our

    office put a lot of time and energy into updating the site and making it better for each election cycle and so I think

    it's proved successful so far are that's great it's what it seems to me so I was just yeah I was curious if you'd gotten

    any um feedback from folks having any difficult time um so thank you for that

    um I also um you know one thing I've been thinking about and I sent you a

    note about this just this afternoon so you probably haven't even seen it um yet but maybe for to kind of put for a

    future conversation but related to some of your report here um is I like many

    folks have um concern about people's understanding about how rank Choice voting Works um people who I know as

    very smart intelligent and connected to elections type people still don't really understand um how that works and I know

    you all are putting a lot of work into improving that understanding um and so

    again we can put a we can put a pin on this if it's worth a different conversation another time but

    um rank Choice voting and instant runoff are the same thing correct they're just

    different names for the same thing essentially from what I can tell and all the reading I have done rank Choice

    voting is a is a voting method just run voting is a label for that voting

    method okay um why do we call it rank Choice voting as opposed to instant

    runoff because this is the rank Choice voting method approach that we use in San Francisco uh and so people rank

    their candidates then also instant runoff voting gives the impression that there's uh results final results the the

    day of the election and that was how it was sort of being sold uh when rank

    Choice voting started in San Francisco so I I purposely decided to use rank

    Choice voting versus Instant run of voting so people in public didn't think that by election night all the results

    would be reported and and contest would be final ah I see okay that that makes

    some sense you know I appreciate that intention going into that it's more what I was wondering is is is does the name

    some times contribute to people's misunderstanding of it but what you're saying makes sense so anyway it's just a thing I've been thinking about

    um and then the last kind of just more just appreciations rather than questions

    um so I appreciate all the information about election security you know I read through your um that the memo that you

    wrote and the slide deck that was presented um to the board and um just want to acknowledge all the safeguards

    and practices in place and hope that others will take a chance to read that because I thought it was very thorough and I um very much appreciated it um and

    the transparency around all of that glad to see our mythbuster Mondays might soon make its way to a web page um that was

    fun to read um and then related to a comment you just made when you were introducing your um report is whether or

    not there were any other updates on the budget because I remember when we were talking about it um before here you know

    and then the um the boek committee um you know didn't see how you could really

    do what you need to do with less than there was and so I was just wondering how that was being received you know by

    the mayor's office how it was looking as we're heading towards the final budget approval yeah we haven't we haven't

    really had many cuts from our budget in from both the board and so far or from

    the mayor and so far from the board I don't know what I don't know what I don't know what H what will happen next week but so far the the board budget

    analysts haven't come back and asked requested us to to make C and the commission's uh funding for its

    archiving of its materials remains in the in the budget as well so at this point I both the mayor's office and so

    far the the board budget legislative analyst office offices um really haven't

    taken much from our budget okay that's great to hear um that's all from me

    thanks thank you vice president Parker commissioner Wong

    thank you um yeah same here I really am excited to see all these amazing updates

    including upgrading the folder portal enhancing the contents of the election security content is really helpful and

    also obtaining the new domain to make it more looking more official and I think that's very smart and helpful so really

    happy to see autis administrative upgrade um going into presidential election in November um and I didn't end

    up go attending the language accessibility advisory committee meetings um because of you know meeting

    conflict but I plan to review the meeting and if there's anything interesting I will report back to the uh

    commission um next month um but I hope it went well um so excited to review

    that and I do have one clarifying questions on section 2 dii um that you talked about um Outreach

    staff kind of finalizing the multilingual presentation on non citizen voting um even though you still advise

    people to you know basically ask personal questions to immigration attorneys um it said it also explain how

    the information provided on the ncv registration form can or cannot be used

    and I just wonder what that means exactly on like what kind of information

    can or cannot be used section 2

    dii just just to clarify what that information refer

    to so the the second part of that the information uh it's confidential unless

    unless there's uh unless it's requested under limited and released under limited

    conditions so that's that's the explanation okay and on the the first do you have a

    question on the first part as well um mostly so I understand that highlighting

    the positive and recent changes to the naturalization form that part I

    understood that as what you already lay out on the web page that they can answer

    the question about whether or not they ever voted or registered to vote the

    answer to that could be no that is already put it on the website that's why I was wondering more about the first

    part of it or what kind of information can or cannot be used on the ncv

    registration form the it's it's how the information could

    be used once it's on the form okay okay so there's limited there's there's limited conditions where the department

    would potentially need to release that information release the information right okay okay interesting to know yeah

    and yeah I would love to like learn more about the multilingual presentation on ncv just out of curiosity and just to

    see what kind of information was on there um thank you for clarifying that

    and I'm really also excited for the elections Myth Busters web page I think that's really um a smart and you know

    approachable way to dismantle this information um and I remember last month

    you mentioned that um you're doing some research on engaging voters on WhatsApp

    and WeChat but then you also Identify some technical issues with that and

    that's why the department now plans to implement more strategies on more regular mstream platform like

    Facebook and Instagram and kind of for contact here I think we CH and WhatsApp are more widely

    used among uh Spanish and Chinese folders and speakers so I think it's

    important that is it's really important to engage that but I also recognize the technical issues and privacy issue so I

    think I have one mile suggestion is that once the web page is uploaded and you

    know finalized one thing is really easy thing to do is is when the Outreach staff do Outreach at all the cbos from

    my understanding they usually have their own weat or Whatsapp account that's how they communicate with their members um

    so it would be great for them to know there's a web page there so what they usually can do is to refer to the

    department web page kind of copy and paste what you already had and you already have Spanish Chinese and

    Filipino translation they can just copy and paste and use that for their own Outreach or promote Within their groups

    and for other groups like arabic speaking folks they can do their own translation um so I think in that way

    you can engage with people on those platform but not directly like kind of indirectly through um organization but

    it's a matter of like letting them know those resources are there and they can make use of it however they see fits so

    just a suggestions that it would be great to share that information with them yeah I think that's it for my end

    thank you thanks commissioner w commissioner D thank you president Stone um yes I

    want to add the Kudos um I do think the key point about MythBusters moving to the website is the ability to provide

    that multiple language which is something that we brought up in the last meeting so glad to see jumped on that

    right away and that's great um and also want to amplify what commissioner Wong

    said that we have you know a larger and larger segment of particularly younger

    um people and definitely people for whom um uh English may not be dominant that

    are primarily engaging on mobile platforms and mobile messaging systems which means they may not get to the website

    and so I think that's an excellent suggestion is to is to you know engage our army of uh cvos to to make sure they

    know about it so that they can push it out through those channels um I also uh um really loved the the

    detailed security web page and I appreciated seeing the your detailed

    testimony to the Board of Supervisors uh I just wanted to offer uh my network of folks in the tech

    industry uh I've been working a lot with people in cyber security and other folks

    who are interested in how they can help with the

    elction um and in fact um

    uh I was hoping to connect you with um I'll say a little bit more about this in my commission report but there's some

    startups that are um in content moderation space that I asked them could

    you do this for election disinformation and misinformation and they said yeah we

    could and then they said would San Francisco be interested in a pilot and

    I said I can ask director arts and you can have a conversation about it right

    uh because from what I understood correct me if I'm wrong but when I uh I looked at the plan which I think was

    very comprehensive and I loved seeing the level one level two level three response um it sounds like the

    monitoring that's happening on social media is just relying on kind of Search

    terms kind of on on on HootSuite right on the on just social media management so it's a limit it's somewhat limited

    right because you have to anticipate what the Search terms might be and it might miss a lot of stuff um particularly if it's not easily

    searchable like audio and video so um there may be um you know private

    companies that kind of are interested in seeing how they can help cities and counties and you know

    even at the state level I told them they have to be talking to the Secretary of State as well to see how they can help

    suppress damage in information that might influence elections uh I also like that you're

    looking for tools to help members of the public do their own research to see if things

    are um you know if they're deep fakes or uh

    whatever um and I'm curious if you have come across True Media as one of

    the they're offering beta software to basically detect AIS you know deep fakes

    and they they are partnered with a whole bunch of these other sites at the moment no we're not using that yeah so that's

    one to look at um I think they have a beta right now and they're offering it and that by the way they're offering to

    you know public officials so I recommend all of us sign up for their beta I signed up for it uh government officials

    academics um you know it's and they they link to a bunch of other tools that are

    kind of doing it on their own so there's one called AI or not you know you can drop a file in there and it will tell

    you you know if it's likely AI or not believe me I've uh as a as a teacher you

    know I've been fighting chat GPT with my students and their writing is like was this

    generated by AI or not right so it's it's a common problem so I would love to

    you know continue to work with you and you know um connect you with folks in

    the tech industry who might be able to help us solve this because it's just a tsunami of things

    that may happen and if we can figure out how to take advantage they're trying to develop new products and services and if

    we can work with them to help them test that out uh and it helps the department so just wanted to mention

    that um and also just to kind of follow up on on commissioner uh on vice

    president Parker's comment on rank Choice voting um I loved hearing your explanation because I did notice

    that it used to be instant runoff and all of a sudden it started being called RCV and I didn't know if it was just

    because RCV is I think become more widely known uh as it's gained

    prominence in other cities and counties and it's like now in 90 universities

    it's used by student governments a lot um but yeah um instant runoff was what

    was used to sell it to San Francisco voters I remember it distinctly I

    remember voting for it um and yeah I was always curious like when why do we

    switch from that to to rank Choice voting and you know I kind of saw the instant runoff is marketing

    messaging um and also there are a lot of different flavors of of rank Choice

    voting and San Francisco has a particular flavor of it and you know at

    one point our our choices were limited to three which was limited by our software and now we can do more so

    sometimes it's limited by technology as well uh but I was really happy to see you already working with Fair vote which

    is kind of the leading organization um in terms of educating and trying to promote uh rank Choice voting but San

    Francisco is considered a leader in this since we've had it for so long so great work thank

    you thanks commissioner d other

    Commissioners okay I just had a couple of questions um thanks for the great

    work in the report as usual um I just had two questions one

    about something you brought up in your opening comments which was ab1 1416 I I

    was just wondering how it's going in terms of the length of the ballot at this point I mean I know we still have

    some time but is it looking where we at we don't know the there's still

    another month six weeks of uh time prior to the deadlines occurring for the

    submission of measures to the department and I don't and all the measures haven't even gone to committee yet at the board level so we don't even have a we don't

    have an estimate yet of what could be B yeah it's less um for us to intervene

    it's more just out of concern with the Department having to manage even like even without the uh opt in opt out

    conversation just out of concern for what you all will have to manage if

    already it's going to be at seven cards so um I'm sure you are all planning

    ahead for that yeah uh just curiosity um

    I think I've been asking about that almost every month now and then the only other question I had was about the poll

    sites the um the locations I was just curious if and I'm sure that it does so

    uh this could be just like a yes or no um if you want the the locations picking

    the ones from the uh primary or past years do you use pole work the surveys

    that you offer to pole workers after their day of service do you use feedback from that to inform whether or not you

    pick a site again not to say it would have you know full imp on the decision but do you also weigh the impact of pull

    worker feedback on the sites that you pick yes awesome thank you I just wanted

    to confirm uh thank you for all the work that's it for

    me yes commissioner burnol thank you president Stone and thanks director ARS it's a Fab fabulous

    report um my question is

    has the department received any

    threats and has the department had to activate any elements of its uh security

    plan for

    staff you mean ever in the last month oh no we've not

    last month we've not received any any threats

    thank you thank you commissioner bernh

    hols if no one else would like to chime in we

    will move to public comment

    great uh the only other piece before we close out and move to the next one since the director will depart is just the

    reminder of the June 13th self eval um timeline and then I will share that with

    the full commission for review thank you director ARS that closes agenda item number four we'll

    move to agenda item number five Commissioners reports discussion and possible action on Commissioners reports

    for topics not covered by another item on this agenda meeting with public officials oversight and observation

    activities long range planning for commission activities in areas of study proposed legislation which affect

    elections and others I guess I should have also asked if folks had wanted to ask the director

    questions before he departed ah it look you looked uneasy when he left okay um okay well I'm happy

    to also support in follow-up questions that he can come back in or provide in

    his Direct in his review for July

    um I'll open that up for

    folks commissioner die okay um thank you president Stone

    yeah I was just going to follow up um and mention that I had a chance to

    attend a conference at at Stanford on um was labeled as competition in AI ended

    up being a pretty interesting conference uh and of course Ai and democracy came

    up um and that is when I had the opportunity to meet with some companies including this one that

    does content moderation for most of the big social media platforms um and Broach this question with them

    would you be interested in extending that like not just taking off you know

    child pornography and some of the other stuff that you know is you know clearly illegal that the social media platforms

    are willing to pay for but also election disinformation and and misinformation which I although in the

    2020 election a lot of the social media platforms you know agreed to label uh

    mislead conf you know content and actually counter some of those it does seem like the major social media

    platforms have pulled back from that uh in this upcoming election and so the

    question is can we you know engage some of these companies that have these technical capabilities to you know

    provide these services in other ways um so that was the uh conference it was

    pretty interesting uh it included a message from uh senator Amy kashar who

    of course is leading the charge on the bipartisan bills uh in the Senate uh on

    AI um including you know um criminalizing uh deep fakes U that

    attack candidates um there is um um she's

    making the rounds um she's actually addressing another organization I'm part of called business for America that

    tries to engage public sector companies um to use their platforms to educate

    their employees um so uh I think that's a that's great uh I had a chance also uh

    common cause California had put on a um a webinar uh interviewing um the former

    regist for Shasta County um who led the election uh

    Administration officials for um Association for California and it was actually really

    interesting to kind of hear the change uh in what it's been like to be an

    election administrator in the last you know four years how that has changed um I think it was recorded and

    uh if I get the link to that I'll share it around uh for the other Commissioners to to listen to but she talked about how

    in the past they really had to recruit people to observe and now they have to deal with

    all the these observers like trying to film them and doing other things that are actually illegal um and accusing them of all

    kinds of things so it's like um a pretty interesting uh picture of uh how things

    have changed in a short a relatively short amount of time as Norms have changed so um just thought that would be

    interesting to share uh with the rest of the commission and then I mentioned this as

    I came in to some of the Commissioners who arrived early but um I wanted to inv

    any other Commissioners who are interested in being a guest with me at a Harvard Kennedy School event that will

    be on media and the US 2024 election uh that will feature Professor

    Nancy Gibbs who used to be the editor-in chief of time um so anyone who's

    interested just let me know if you might be available on the 11th at 5:30 it's an

    inperson event in San Francisco that's it thank you commissioner D um was the

    Shasta County was it the election administrator who just left yeah she's

    had a very tough go um yeah she retired and common cause California actually

    gave her a a democracy hero award at the end of the webinar to thank her for everything that she's done and she was

    also amazingly you know encouraging an upbeat

    when there were questions about what will you say to someone who wants to go into election Administration today

    because obviously there's been a huge turnover um because of uh the flak that a lot of election Administration

    officials have been receiving and um she was still you know really pumped up and

    um still had positive things to say about why why you should still go into it so kind of

    amazing any other

    reports thank you commissioner D for the very robust report um let's move to public

    comment no public comment thank you secretary Davis agenda

    item number six agenda items for future meetings discussion and possible a action regarding items for future

    agendas um so obviously this is a very light agenda mostly because we literally

    just met um the next meeting we will be

    I will be agendize the uh agenda item around the director's evaluation so

    please take note um those tend to be longer items uh so I will of course as

    always send a asking folks to provide any items that they want on the agenda but um just keep

    that in mind and then just a quick run through of the dates around that so director ARS is going to share his

    review with me on June 13th um I will distribute that for to

    the full commission the commission will have the chance to review that and develop and

    submit individual evaluations of course you can start your evalu before you receive the directors um if you'd like

    uh but obviously it makes it easier it might be helpful to do it based on his but you have the format on the

    website um and then you will share those back to me by June

    28th so that I have time to review all of your evaluations and then develop a recap

    evaluation that I then distribute to everyone um so just to make sure every

    that's very clear you will all develop individual ones you'll send them individually to me I will review

    everyone's individual evaluations I will then synthesize into a recap evaluation

    and I will share everyone's um back in addition to the recap so you'll have the

    chance to um read all of them and see how I uh summarized it or not um and

    then I will share that ahead of the meeting for you to review on July 12th

    and then we will I will have that agendized for July 17th for us to

    discuss in closed session um and then of course once the

    discussion is over we'll share that with the director so I just wanted to recap that um also vice president Parker

    wasn't able to join us in the last meeting though I did share just so everyone knows I did share this process

    with her ahead of time last meeting so it wasn't she's in the loop um but

    figured it was good to just recap that that will be big part of next meeting and then of course um the meeting

    minutes from last time and this time which will be brief as well anything else on this before we

    move to public

    comment yes commissioner ly so you need our individual reviews

    before June 30th correct June 28th before June 28th okay June 28th is the

    deadline yeah okay thanks yep let's move to public

    comment no public comment thank you Secret Davis the time is 6:42 p.m. and

    the meeting is adjourned thanks Lucy

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    Materials contained in the Commission packets for meetings are available for inspection and copying during regular office hours at the Department of Elections, City Hall Room 48. Materials are placed in the Elections Commission's Public Binder no later than 72 hours prior to meetings.

    Any materials distributed to members of the Elections Commission within 72 hours of the meeting or after the agenda packet has been delivered to the members are available for inspection at the Department of Elections, City Hall Room 48, in the Commission's Public Binder, during normal office hours.

    Cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices

    Cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices

    The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices are prohibited at this meeting. The Chair may order the removal from the meeting room of any person responsible for the ringing or use of a cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices.

    Disability access

    Disability access

    The Commission meeting will be held in Room 408, City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA. The meeting room is wheelchair accessible.

    The closest accessible BART station is the Civic Center Station at United Nations Plaza and Market Street. Accessible MUNI lines serving this location are: #42 Downtown Loop, and #71 Haight/Noriega and the F Line to Market and Van Ness and the Metro Stations at Van Ness and Market and at Civic Center. For information about MUNI accessible services call (415) 923-6142.

    There is accessible curbside parking adjacent to City Hall on Grove Street and Van Ness Avenue and in the vicinity of the Veterans Building at 401 Van Ness Avenue adjacent to Davies Hall and the War Memorial Complex.

    To obtain a disability-related modification or accommodation, including auxiliary aids or services, to participate in a meeting, please contact the Department of Elections at least 48 hours before the meeting, except for Monday meetings, for which the deadline is 4:00 p.m. the previous Friday. Late requests will be honored, if possible.

    Services available on request include the following: American sign language interpreters or the use of a reader during a meeting, a sound enhancement system, and/or alternative formats of the agenda and minutes. Please contact the Department of Elections at (415) 554-4375 or our TDD at (415) 554-4386 to make arrangements for a disability-related modification or accommodation.

    Chemical based products

    Chemical based products

    In order to assist the City's efforts to accommodate persons with severe allergies, environmental illnesses, multiple chemical sensitivity or related disabilities, attendees at public meetings are reminded that other attendees may be sensitive to various chemical-based products. Please help the City accommodate these individuals.

    Know your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance

    Know your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance

    Government's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decisions in full view of the public. Commissions, boards, councils, and other agencies of the City and County exist to conduct the people's business. This ordinance assures that deliberations are conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people's review.


    Sunshine Ordinance Task Force
    1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
    Room 244
    San Francisco, CA 94102-4689
    Phone: (415) 554-7724
    Fax: (415) 554-5163
    Email: sotf@sfgov.org
    Website: http://sfgov.org/sunshine

    Copies of the Sunshine Ordinance can be obtained from the Clerk of the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, at the San Francisco Public Library, and on the City's website.

    Lobbyist Registration and Reporting Requirements

    Lobbyist Registration and Reporting Requirements

    Individuals that influence or attempt to influence local policy or administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance (San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code sections 2.100 – 2.160) to register and report lobbying activity.

    For more information about the Lobbyist Ordinance, please contact:

    San Francisco Ethics Commission
    25 Van Ness Avenue
    Suite 220
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Phone: (415) 252-3100
    Fax: (415) 252-3112
    Email: ethics.commission@sfgov.org
    Website: sfethics.org

    Last updated June 12, 2024