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  1. Seattle Rejects Public Financing and Embraces District Council Elections

    ... better ways to prevent institutional corruption, especially term limits. (Term limits serve a different purpose than public financing, and they are ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2013-11-12 08:56 - 0 comments

  2. Bridging the Gulf Between Administrative and Government Ethics

    ... ethics program as a "compliance strategy" and applies this term similarly to its "many city- and state-level counterparts." In other ... is, in his view, a "compliance" or "low-road" approach (the term "low road" appears to have originated with John Rohr in his important 1978 ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2013-02-27 14:49 - 0 comments

  3. CRA Problems in Southern Florida

    ... renovating older downtown or residential areas." The usual term for such areas is "blighted area." CRAs are not meant for development of ... our payments to repay the remodel loan. This is why long term redevelopment activities and funding - and sustainability of projects - ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2013-09-16 16:42 - 1 comment

  4. The Limits of an EC's Jurisdiction: A Situation in San Francisco

    ... but this is a hope, not an expectation. An EC faced with the term "official misconduct" should interpret it as strictly as possible to ... trust in the ethics program. I think that interpreting the term "official misconduct" to include even the most minor criminal misconduct ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2012-10-10 15:49 - 0 comments

  5. Cronyism and Ethics

    ... that must be disclosed include only family and lover. The term "cronyism" is not used in any other provision of this ordinance. ... it comes to talking about cronyism in local politics, the term is rarely defined, and enforcement options are rarely discussed. ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2011-06-07 12:44 - 0 comments

  6. Definitions

    ... any promise of any of these, or anything else of value. This term does not include campaign contributions authorized by law. A "financial ... up to the fifth degree of consanguinity. I feel that this term is inappropriate to an ethics code because of its unfamiliarity, its ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2007-02-17 10:04 - 1 comment


    ... Mayor and members of the Board of Supervisors are subject to term limits under the San Francisco Charter. None may serve more than two ... provision applies to supervisors only as of the first full term of election following its implementation in 2000. Thus, Tom Ammiano , ...

    DonMc - 2006-06-24 16:34

  8. Houston Ethics Reform II: The Ethics Provisions

    ... provision. They are put together by repeating the term "use of the official's position." But misuse of city facilities is not ... over those working for them? This is doubtful, since the term "officer" is not used anywhere in these provisions, and the ethics ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2011-02-06 14:01 - 0 comments

  9. Top 10 Ethics Issues for 2006

    ... and legally he fell under suspicion, during his second term largely due to controversial affirmative action programs for the ... years and four months in prison. This is the longest jail term ever given to a former Congressman. The sentence included forfeiture of ...

    steiner - 2015-05-15 13:23 - 0 comments

  10. The Good and Bad of Palm Beach County's EC Selection Process

    ... of police resigned, the seat was quickly filled.  When the term of the member selected by the president of Florida Atlantic ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2014-03-05 09:39 - 0 comments