Introduction the Sunshine Ordinance Task force

Section 67.1.(f) The people of San Francisco enact these amendments to assure that the people of the City remain in control of the government they have created.

 

San Francisco Administrative Code Chapter 67—the Sunshine Ordinance—is San Francisco’s open government law, enacted in 1993 by the Board of Supervisors and signed by former Mayor Frank Jordan. San Francisco voters amended and approved the current version of the Ordinance in November 1999 as Proposition G. The ordinance is based on the California Public Records Act and the state open meetings law, which is known as the Ralph M. Brown Act. It draws additional authority from Article I, Section 3 of the California Constitution and is intended to ensure and broaden the public’s access to local government guaranteed by state law.

 

For a copy of the Sunshine Ordinance, which identifies sections added in 1999 with the passage of Proposition G, go to:

 

http://firstamendmentcoalition.org/public-records-2/california-sunshine-ordinances/ca-sunshine-ordinances-san-francisco/

 

To my knowledge, San Francisco’s Sunshine Ordinance is the nation’s oldest municipal law on government transparency. At least eight other local governments in California have enacted ordinances that, like ours, provide greater right of public access than state law. With the exception of Riverside, all of these county or municipal governments are in the nine-county Bay Area. For more information:

 

http://firstamendmentcoalition.org/public-records-2/california-sunshine-ordinances/

 

For more information on the League’s role with the Sunshine Ordinance

 

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