Decision-making in the public sector is a much different process than what they are used to in the private or nonprofit sector.
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 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
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
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