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  1. How Candidates Should Deal Responsibly with Conflicts

    ... day he or she takes office. This provides a good occasion to look at the intersection of candidates and local government ethics codes, ... district). I recommended that the candidate make it clear how he was going to handle all the possible conflicts that might ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2018-12-19 17:18 - 0 comments

  2. Should Legislator-Lobbyist Communications Be Subject to the Legislative Immunity Privilege?

    ... the Committee's views on the necessity for, and appropriate content of, legislation. The Protection of Confidential Information ... deals with executive branch information all the time. But how could legislative immunity protect activity involving the early ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2018-12-19 17:18 - 0 comments

  3. An Advisory Opinion Gambit in the Big Apple

    Here's a clever way to abuse the advisory opinion process. A few months after conduct begins, seek ... 2007, a deputy mayor helped New York's billionaire mayor establish a family foundation. In 2008, the Conflicts of Interest Board (COIB) ... never at city hall. City aides refuse to say how many hours the deputy mayor works for the foundation, so the public is ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2018-12-19 17:18 - 0 comments

  4. How Can I Hamper Thee? — Let Me Count the Ways

    ... the ethics board had asked the board of finance for funds to hire an attorney to advise it in the many proceedings it faced. This request was ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2018-12-19 17:18 - 0 comments

  5. How a Board Should Handle a Member's Contract Conflict

    An interesting disagreement has arisen over what is required for a contract with a council member to constitute a conflict of interest in California. According to an article in the Valley Chronicle , the city of Hemet and the ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2018-12-19 17:18 - 0 comments


    ... agency authorized and funded by Los Angeles voters to administer and enforce a governmental ethics ordinance for the City of Los ... the City's lobbying and campaign finance laws. How to Contact: Physical Address: 200 N. Spring Street, Suite ...

    donmc - 2006-06-24 13:29 - 4 comments

  7. How Much Needs to Be Disclosed?

    ... local ethics ordinances must require the disclosure of all an elected official's real property, stocks, and bonds. According to an article in the Carroll County Times , the Mount Airy ... was introduced that would require local elected officials to disclose only property in their town or county, and property acquired from ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2018-12-19 17:18 - 0 comments

  8. How Preferential Treatment Toward Municipal Employees and Contractors Can Affect Elections

    ... and the police department's first reaction was to protect the officer and keep the facts secret — is an unusual case of a local government where a scandal is likely to actually ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2018-12-19 17:18 - 0 comments

  9. How to Undermine Trust in the Ethics Process

    ... the city council enforce the ethics code], I would like to hear about it.” According to an article yesterday on in Tulsa, this is what the chair of the ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2018-12-19 17:18 - 0 comments

  10. How Bystanders Can Put an End to Political Bullying

    It should come as little surprise to people involved in local government that a New York Times article ... doesn't go along, and staying loyal to those in control so that they aren't excluded themselves. What's ... target. Only bystanders are truly in a position to put an end to political bullying. And it doesn't take too many of them. I am ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2018-12-19 17:18 - 0 comments