This webinar will provide an overview on when and how to communicate with officials to be in compliance with the Ralph M. Brown Act and help attendees understand the role and rules limiting the agency’s clerk, executives and local officials in the decision-making process. Additionally, panelists will share relevant updates and hypothetical examples of missteps and how to avoid them.
Join Sarah Rubin, Public Engagement Program Director at the Institute for Local Government, and Ashley Trim, Executive Director of the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at Pepperdine University for an interactive webinar about how public engagement can help you build trust and develop sustainable policy within your community. We will look at setting a good foundation for public engagement within your organization, and explore some key questions to ask before you get started.
When it comes to completing Form 700s accurately, don’t be left in the dark. Get the information you need to accurately account for your gifts, financial holdings, donations, and more so that you can file with peace of mind. California rules require public officials to keep track and report gifts (over $50) received throughout the year. Gifts need to be reported on their Statement of Economic Interest Form.
What practices can a county put in place to promote public trust and confidence? What practices can minimize the risk of missteps that could undermine or damage this trust and confidence? This session will help answer these fundamental questions and provide attendees with tips to:
Encourage ethical best practices,
Promote transparency in their work place and in their county community, and
Share information with the public about agency operations and the decision-making procession.
In the midst of planning public engagement, many face the decision of whether to contract with a professional facilitator or work with someone in-house. With limited staff and resources, this can be a difficult decision. In ILG’s 2015 survey, 69% of local government respondents in California do not feel that they have adequate staff, resources, or training to do effective public engagement.
Sometimes outside help, even in the face of limited resources, is needed. During this webinar, participants will be able to think through criteria for deciding when to use someone in-house and when to bring in a professional facilitator. What are the advantages? How can one justify the expense? Who’s qualified and how to find someone to help? The Institute for Local Government Public Engagement Program Director Sarah Rubin and the Consensus Building Institute Senior Facilitator Gina Bartlett will share insights and resources to address these dilemmas.