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 those processes.
This piece explains California ethics laws relating to fair processes laws and public office.
In this video JoAnne Speers, the former 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.
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.