In monarchies, public officials receive special privileges as a
result of their positions. By contrast, the virtue of a
democracy is that leaders understand those they govern because
leaders do not enjoy special privileges
The City Managers Department of the League of California Cities
and County Administrative Officers Association of California have
adopted guidelines for determining chief executive compensation
for local agencies.
Important policy decisions affecting local agencies in California
are made by the electorate through the initiative and referendum
process. What role may local agencies and their officials play in
the initiative and referendum process?
This article explains the scope of the law that prohibits the use
of public resources to send mailings that features the name or
likeness of elected officials, including a handy diagram of how
the law operates. The article also identifies traps for the
This article addresses the ethical issues that arise when a
public official travels to a conference at public expense, but
then doesn’t attend the conference sessions. Fortunately,
this doesn’t happen often, but this column offers thoughts on
what to do if it does. The column also addresses frequent
flyer mileage issues.