Retired judge Quentin Kopp appointed to Ethics Commission as supes return from recess

By : sfexaminer -excerpt

In the first meeting back from a four-week long legislative recess, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday appointed retired San Mateo Superior Court Judge Quentin Kopp to the Ethics Commission and proposed providing $100,000 to an Italian town devastated by an earthquake last month.

Kopp, 87, will begin serving on the Ethics Commission now that the board voted 10-1 to confirm his nomination to serve on the body that oversees the activities of lobbyists, contractors and politicians.

Ethics Commissioner Peter Keane previously told the San Francisco Examiner he had encouraged Kopp to apply for the vacancy and said Kopp would boost the profile of the body and help ferret out wrongdoing.

The Ethics Commission is seen as elevating its function at City Hall through the hiring of a new executive director earlier this year, receiving a funding boost and now with Kopp’s appointment.

Supervisor John Avalos was the lone vote opposing the appointment. “I like him better working his brand of politics in an open way and not put out to pasture on the Ethics Commission,” Avalos told the Examiner after the vote… (more)

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