In September, 2008 testimony before the Board of Supervisors' Government Audit and Oversight Committee -- later forwarded to every member of the Ethics Commission -- longtime San Francisco political fixture Larry Bush pointed out exactly the situation St. Croix is now wringing his hands about:
The city's own Sacramento lobbyist costs and activities are not being reported to the public and the Board by Ethics, despite the fact that the Ethics Commission's own web page provides a special section for those reports - and then leaves out all information on who is hired, how much they are paid, and what they seek to influence on the city's behalf. In the current legislative year, Sacramento records report that the San Francisco Office of the Mayor has paid a lobbyist more than $426,000 to lobby State officials, but this information is nowhere to be found in the reports required in the city's Ethics Commission.
Incidentally, this is not the first time St. Croix has employed the phrase "dropped the ball." That's how he described Ethics' decision to sit on what would become the City College of San Francisco scandal currently making its way through the courts. While Ethics' staffer Oliver Luby uncovered what the District Attorney is now claiming to be a serious case of money laundering in 2005, he claims St. Croix told him to keep quiet about it. The Chronicle broke that story, but not for more than a year. "I don't know who dropped the ball," St. Croix eventually told the paper.
Perhaps this much is aparent -- Ethics just doesn't like having balls thrown its way.