Guardian: New Ethics Reform Needed

San Francisco Bay Guardian

Seeking a watchdog’s watchdog

Supervisors reject Ethics Commission candidate who has agitated for reform

04.12.11 –  | Rebecca Bowe|

When cash pumps through the guts of city politics, the Ethics Commission is charged with keeping track of it all to help members of the public follow the money. But what happens when the public loses faith in the ethics of the Ethics Commission?

In the run-up to a hotly contested mayoral race, in a city marked by rough-and-tumble politics influenced by moneyed power brokers, the function of this local-government watchdog agency is especially critical — and to hear some critics tell it, the Ethics Commission needs reform if it is to perform as an effective safeguard against corruption.

Read the full story:  http://www.sfbg.com/2011/04/12/seeking-watchdogs-watchdog

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