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Topic - Public Trust & Ethics Archive

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Cultivating Transparency in Your City

Cultivating Transparency in Your City

When news is breaking about the abuse of public trust in another city, local elected officials are likely to be asked, “How can we be sure that something similar isn’t happening here?”

December 2012
Filarsky v. Delia: An Unqualified Win For Qualified Immunity

Filarsky v. Delia: An Unqualified Win For Qualified Immunity

The doctrine of qualified immunity protects government defendants from liability as long as their conduct did not violate clearly established law. The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled on the issue of whether private contractors also enjoy qualified immunity, which has a potentially significant impact on all cities.

December 2012
Blind Spots: Money, Public Service and the Ethical Hazards of Self-Interest

Blind Spots: Money, Public Service and the Ethical Hazards of Self-Interest

Recent media coverage of public officials’ ethical lapses raises questions about the underlying causes of such behavior. This column explores why people make poor choices and the roles that rationalizing and denial play in the decision-making process.

December 2012
Tools for Enhancing Transparency

Tools for Enhancing Transparency

Cities throughout California are engaged in a variety of efforts to make local government operations as transparent as possible. The League provides local officials with a variety of resources on open government that can be readily shared with reporters, residents and others.

December 2012
GASB's New Defined Benefit Pension Standards: Sunshine or Rain for Cities?

GASB's New Defined Benefit Pension Standards: Sunshine or Rain for Cities?

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board’s release of new defined benefit pension standards could not have come at a better time or a worse time, depending on one’s point of view.

November 2012
San Carlos Adopts Innovative Contracting Techniques to Maintain Service Levels

San Carlos Adopts Innovative Contracting Techniques to Maintain Service Levels

Like many California cities, San Carlos has faced some serious budgetary challenges in recent years.

November 2012
Regulating Lobbying Activities

Regulating Lobbying Activities

This column presents options for securing compliance with local lobbying laws and questions to ask about what kind of laws make sense for a particular community.

October 2012
League to Launch a New Communications and Outreach Assistance Program

League to Launch a New Communications and Outreach Assistance Program

Cities can tap into the opportunity provided by an increased focus on municipal issues.

September 2012
Strong Cities | Strong State Brings Home the Value of Cities and City Services

Strong Cities | Strong State Brings Home the Value of Cities and City Services

Help your city connect residents with valuable information and reach opinion leaders.

September 2012
Jurupa Valley: The Last City in California?

Jurupa Valley: The Last City in California?

August 2012