Ethics reform aimed at political opponents is a good way to undermine the whole idea of ethics reform. This is what is happening in San Jose.
San Jose starts off with an odd ethics program. Title 12: Ethics Provisions
does not even have a conflict of
interest provision, nor does the city have an ethics commission. It is primarily
a campaign finance and lobbying law, with a gift provision
and a revolving door provision. It is enforced by an Election
. Ethics matters are primarily left to the state.
Every two years, the mayor reviews the ethics laws and suggests
reforms. The mayor made his suggestions this week, and the council
members associated with labor hit the ceiling. Here are the
suggestions, according to the mayor's office, as included in an
article in yesterday's San Jose Mercury-News