Quentin Kopp, one of San Francisco's most influential political figures in the last half-century, is one step closer to returning to a job in government.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors Rules Committee on Thursday approved Kopp's appointment to the city's Ethics Commission.
One of the reasons the retired judge, former state senator and San Francisco supervisor wants the position is because of "good citizenship, which I believe in, because I was brought up by parents who believed in good citizenship and participation in civic affairs and public responsibilities."
The 87-year-old Kopp, who has built a reputation as a blunt-talking curmudgeon, was responsible for several pieces of legislation aimed at increasing transparency in government and campaign finance, accomplishments he emphasized during the hearing.
As supervisor, Kopp authored campaign donation regulations for San Francisco. In the state Senate, he was among those who pushed for a ballot initiative that was eventually approved by voters to limit donations for campaigns statewide. That initiative, Proposition 73, was effectively killed by a federal judge's ruling years later.