San Francisco officials may have to reveal more
details of trip funding
Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval
By Tamara Barak, Bay City News Service
February 14, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - San Francisco Supervisor Gerardo
Sandoval today introduced a measure that would require elected
officials to reveal the details of their travel funds --before
they leave town.
"Secret trips are a recipe for corruption," said Sandoval,
who represents San Francisco's District 11.
Presently, representatives must report travel gifts on a yearly
basis, but must disclose only the name of the funding organization.
"Under current law, an elected official could take a trip
to Paris, paid for by a non-profit called 'Citizens of San Francisco.'
But voters would remain in the dark about who or what kind of
an organization was actually paying for the trip," Sandoval
The proposed ordinance would also require disclosure of the trip's
itinerary and the names of people who accompany the elected official.
The city's Ethics Commission will review the proposed legislation
before it comes before a committee of the Board of Supervisors.
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