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  1. 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 - 2009-11-09 16:48 - 0 comments

  2. LOS ANGELES

    ... 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

  3. 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 - 2014-08-18 16:17 - 0 comments

  4. 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 Fox23.com in Tulsa, this is what the chair of the ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2011-02-12 19:52 - 0 comments

  5. 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 - 2013-11-20 15:57 - 0 comments

  6. 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 - 2009-06-10 06:55 - 0 comments

  7. How to Deal Responsibly With a Conflict That Falls Between City and State Ethics Codes

    ... conflict is clear. Such a situation exists with respect to a council member in Bellevue, WA, a Seattle suburb, with the extra twist ... development projects" along its track. According to an article on the Publicola website , the council member's firm owns $50 ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-02-16 14:41 - 2 comments

  8. How to Bring Contractors Into the Ethics Process

    ... had worked as a subcontractor, had no obligation to disclose the conflict, so no charges were filed against it. The DA does not ... from both sides means that official and contractor both have an interest in following rules and procedures; the alternative is a conspiracy ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-11-19 14:39 - 0 comments

  9. How Much of a Company Must an Official Own Before There Is a Conflict of Interest? - A Story from Missouri

    ... must be owned by a government official in order for there to be a conflict of interest. The figure chosen for ethics codes is usually 5%. ... with the city, in which the official or employee has an ownership interest, except a public corporation in which the official or ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2008-09-26 08:11 - 1 comment

  10. Council Chair and Chamber Director: How Conflicting Are These Positions?

    Without giving it any thought, it would be hard to think of a better fit than a city politician running the local chamber of ... of local businesses. A local chamber of commerce is also an organization in which certain companies from certain industries predominate, ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2011-03-27 09:48 - 0 comments

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