“Everyday Ethics” is the Institute’s award-winning column. Every
two months, the Institute’s ethics program analyzes different
ethical dilemmas public officials are likely to face.
Some of these dilemmas have legal dimensions, some have ethical
dimensions and many are a combination of both. The column appears
City magazine, the monthly publication of one of the
Institute’s parent organizations, the League of California
This section offers this year’s columns, with the most recent at
the top of the list.
California’s Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) recently
relaxed the rules on when a public official may accept free or
discounted travel. This article discusses the change and some
tips for public agencies to consider.
Every local agency is required to have an expense reimbursement
policy. This article provides tips and discusses issues for
public agencies to consider when developing these policies,
including: travel reimbursement, meeting and conference
attendance, and credit card usage.
Although the Institute endeavors to help local officials
understand technical and legal concepts that apply to their
public service, these materials are not technical or legal
advice. Officials are encouraged to consult technical
experts, attorneys and/or relevant regulatory authorities for
up-to-date information and advice on specific situations.