This week, San Antonio's mayor and city attorney proposed a number of reforms to the
city's ethics code and campaign finance regulations. I will deal
here only with the ethics reforms. A summary of the proposed reforms
and a red-lined copy of the ethics code are attached (see below).
The impetus for these reforms is a matter I discussed in a
blog post last September
. The matter was mishandled by
all involved, and some of the proposed reforms clarify the
procedures to be used so that the next situation would presumably be
The mayor appears to have taken the reforms seriously. For one
thing, his office reached out to me (and, most likely, others) for
information on which to make responsible decisions. Sadly, few
officials making ethics reform proposals contact me or show signs of
having read City Ethics materials.