SF Ethics Meetings To Be Televised

December 5, 2011

Starting in January the San Francisco Ethics Commission’s monthly meetings will be televised locally on Channels 26 and 78 and online at sfgovtv.org. The idea came after the San Francisco Civil Grand Jury pushed for the idea following a scathing report calling the Ethics Commission a sleeping watchdog. The Civil Grand Jury report recommended the Ethic meetings be televised to ensure greater transparency in its meetings and deliberations. The Ethics Commission oversees and enforces San Francisco campaign finance laws and local elected officials. Currently, only audio recordings of the meetings are available. 

[How can we make San Francisco city government work better for all of us? Sign up for the Reset SF Newsletter to learn more.]

While watching Ethics meetings may not sound as riveting as most reality TV, the move is significant.

Televised Meetings Increase Transparency

Regular Reset readers know we are huge advocates for the need for Gov 2.0 and open government. Gov 2.0 is about making government more accessible by transforming government into a platform that is participatory, transparent and dramatically more efficient. With emerging technology, the ability for government to share information has never been easier.

There is value in recording city government meetings even if viewership is low. So while we may not set our DVRs to record every episode of the “Ethics Commission” we support the move to televise the meetings and hope more government commissions follow suit.


Sign up for our weekly newsletter and join the conversation on Facebook.


Check out some of our newest Blogs:

     Universal Internet Access for All San Franciscans

     Why is San Francisco So Dirty?

     SFPark – The iPhone App for Smart Parking in San Francisco

     Food Truck Rodeo Review – Off the Grid

Paid for by Phil Ting for Assembly 2012. FPPC ID# 1343137