The only thing worse than stacking ethics commissions with politically
active, and apparently loyal, members is refusing to renew the term of
a member who has been a vocal advocate of government ethics, in other
words, a thorn in the side of officials who do not follow the local
government's ethics codes. Clever officials know that one or two
members of any board can have a strong effect on
what the board does.
I recently wrote
about this latter situation when it arose in San Diego. It turns out
that the mayor's refusal to re-appoint the EC's vocal chair was
followed by a council member's nomination of a former paid campaign
staffer to the position, according to an
in yesterday's San Diego Union-Tribune
The council member is currently under investigation by the EC.