San Francisco County, California

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Transparency Grade
Meetings Y
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Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials
Permits, zoning Y
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Audits Y
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Contracts Y
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Lobbying P
Public records Y
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Local taxes Y
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Transparency grading process

San Francisco County is one of 58 counties in California (Sunshine Review).

Website evaluation

In 2011 San Francisco County earned a Sunny Award for having a perfect website transparency score.

Main article: Evaluation of California county websites

This evaluation was last updated on: an unknown date.

The good

  • Elected Officials
    • The names and contact information for all board of supervisor members is available.[1]
  • Meetings
    • The agendas and minutes of board of supervisor meetings are published.[2]
    • Meetings and agendas are archived to 1998.
  • Public Records
    • There is a procedure for requesting public records.[3]
    • Details of the county's Sunshine ordinance are available. [4]
  • Contracts
  • Information on contracts is published.[5][6]
  • Zoning
    • Information on building permits and zoning is published.[7][8]
  • Budget
    • Current and proposed budgets are posted. [9]
    • Budgets are archived for 3 years.
  • Audits
    • The most current audit is available.
    • Annual audits are posted and archived for three years. [10]
  • Taxes
    • Information on local taxes is provided.[11]
  • Administration
    • Administrative officials are listed with contact information under respective departments.[12]
  • Lobbying
    • Extensive information is provided on lobbyists operating in the county as well as lobbyist employed by the county.[13]

The bad

  • Lobbying
    • If the county is a member of government lobbying associations is not disclosed. Nor is the membership dues for associations available.[14]

Clarifications by the City and County of San Francisco:
Please notice that our County publishes online a list of lobbying organizations that the County has engaged and discloses the full amount the City has paid to those organizations. You can find the information on the following page:

Sunny Award

During Sunshine Week of 2010, San Francisco County was given a Sunny Award in honor of their proactive disclosure of government information.[15]


Main article: California government sector lobbying

In 2008, San Francisco County reported $240,000 spent on lobbying the federal government. [16]

For 2007 and 2008, the county's transportation authority spent $81,400 on lobbying the California legislature. [17]

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