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
A number of laws limit “perks” enjoyed by public servants. These
restrict the income they make, what uses can be made of public
resources and receipt of gifts and other gestures.
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.
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.