Decision-making in the public sector is a much different process than what they are used to in the private or nonprofit sector.
The materials below describe some key differences.
Local agency governing bodies make policy and spending (fiscal) decisions.
When a public agency makes a decision, the guiding principle must always be what best serves the public’s interests, not the personal self-interests of the decision-makers.
To expedite meetings and reserve time for matters that need to be discussed, many local agencies have a section on their agendas labeled as the “consent calendar.”
This handy, four-page pamphlet summarizes the kinds of issues and financial interests that ought to trigger a conversation with one’s agency counsel about what the law requires.
Because of transparency requirements, virtually all of the conversations among a quorum of members of city councils, boards of supervisors and special district boards occur at public meetings.
Local agency officials wear different decision-making hats.
Because of the often-collective nature of public agency decision-making, the concept of a quorum is important.
The League of California Cities has developed a number of open government resources, including: