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Monday, November 28, 2011
S.F. Ethics Meetings Coming to Local TV
CITY INSIDER/S.F. ethics meetings coming to local TV Three cheers for '10-11 (San Francisco Grand) Jury
Monday, November 28, 2011 (SF Chronicle)
By Rachel Gordon
Move over, "Dancing with the Stars." San Francisco soon may lay claim to one of the hottest shows on TV: "The Ethics Commission." Starting in January, the commission's regular monthly meetings will be moved to thefourth Monday of the month and televised locally on Channels 26 and 78, orviewable online at www.sfgovtv.org. And special sessions held in between -sweeps week, perhaps? - also will be broadcast.
The San Francisco Civil Grand Jury pushed for the idea, after derisively describing the panel as "the sleeping watchdog," and Supervisor David Campos ran with it, crafting legislation to turn the concept into reality,as in reality TV. Raw and unfiltered. The idea, states the legislation, is to give "the public a chance to monitor and understand the commission's role in protecting the integrity of city government and local officials." The commission oversees and enforces San Francisco laws regulating campaign finance and the conduct of appointed and local officials.
Currently, only audio recordings of the meetings are available. The public also can catch the commission action live and in person at City Hall. But that's far different from watching from the comfort of your own home or on the communal flat screen at your favorite bar. The Board of Supervisors gave a preliminary OK to the broadcast deal las tweek, with final approval expected Dec. 6. The five commissioners and executive director may not be household names -yet. But just wait. And, to keep the show from getting stale, keep an eyeout for guest appearances by campaign consultants, good-government watchdogs, candidates and attorneys. Mondays will never be the same.