The League of Women Voters of San Francisco appoints representatives to serve on the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force and Ballot Simplification Committee. Members who are interested in learning more about being appointed to one of these committees can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The Sunshine Ordinance Task Force (SOTF) was established pursuant to Sunshine Ordinance Section 67.30 to promote transparency and accountability in City government.
The 11 members of the SOTF are appointed by the Board of Supervisors (BOS) following requirements outlined in the Sunshine Ordinance. Members serve for two-year terms without pay or expense reimbursement; there is no term limit. The following organizations submit nominees for several of the seats on the Task Force:
The Ballot Simplification Committee consists of five voting members, two of whom are appointed by the Mayor and three by the Board of Supervisors. Each member is appointed for a two-year term. All members must be registered voters in San Francisco, understand ballot issues, and possess writing skills and training. The members are drawn from a pool of candidates whose names are submitted by specified organizations:
A representative of the City Attorney serves on the committee as a non-voting ex-officio member.