Local officials typically care deeply about their communities and
the decisions they must make on the communities’ behalf.
Local officials also are stewards of the decision-making
process. A number of California laws relate to fairness in
This piece explains California ethics laws relating to fair
processes laws and public office.
Designed for local officials, the material covers issues such as:
In this video JoAnne Speers, Executive Director of the Institute
for Local Government, discusses the importance of fair process in
agency proceedings and how strongly held personal beliefs can
affect this process.
The process by which an agency acquires goods and services
presents an opportunity for fairness and transparency.
This article explores legal and ethical issues associated with
nepotism in public service, chiefly as it relates to hiring
These materials analyze common law fair process requirements when
local officials are acting in “quasi-judicial” matters.
This article addresses the ethical concerns and legal
consequences of vote-trading.
State law restricts what some kinds of local officials and
employees can do when they leave public service.
Decision-making bodies typically have procedures designed designed to guide the discussion and decision-making process.