Conflict of Interest Provisions

Recognizing that public officials must make difficult choices, the Council has adopted an ethical code of conduct.

There are numerous sources of conflict of interest that may require a Council member, commissioner, committee member or designated employee to disqualify themselves from participating in a decision. The Political Reform Act (P.R.A.) controls financial conflicts of interest of public officials.

The P.R.A. is implemented and enforced by the Fair Political Practices Commission (F.P.P.C.), which has issued comprehensive regulations.  For a public official to understand the P.R.A.'s impact on his/her actions, it is suggested that public officials discuss the law and any potential conflicts with the City Attorney or a private attorney.

In general, public officials are prohibited from making, participating in, or in any way attempting to use their official position to influence a governmental decision in which they know or have reason to know they have a financial interest (Government Code § 87100; 2 California Code of Regulations § 18700, 18702-18702.4).  A "public official" is defined as including every member, officer, employee or consultant of the state or local government agency (Government Code § 83048; 2 California Code of Regulations § 18700).