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The Public Ethics Commission is committed to limiting improper influence through a comprehensive approach that blends prevention, collaboration, and enforcement to ensure that all who work in and around government have the information, tools, systems, and culture necessary to make ethical, legal, and accountable decisions in the public interest.
The complexities of improper influence are discussed in a 2009 lecture by Lawrence Lessig, at the Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, upon the launch of a 5-year project aimed at studying institutional corruption. The Safra Center defines “institutional corruption” as “the consequence of an influence within an economy of influence that illegitimately weakens the effectiveness of an institution especially by weakening the public trust of the institution.”
The Public Ethics Commission makes this Safra Center lecture available through the video below in order to raise awareness and promote discussion about government ethics and the potential for improper influence in City government. The Commission neither endorses nor supports any particular political message that may be contained in the video or in other materials or statements made by the Safra Center.
Although the Public Ethics Commission currently has no enforcement authority or ability to issue penalties for violation of many government ethics laws, the Commission is tasked with generally overseeing compliance with ethics laws and has pursued this by serving as a resource for government ethics information and facilitating compliance with state ethics laws. Below is information about ethics laws as well as ethics training compliance information for Oakland officials and citizens.
- Personal Gain
- Perks of Office
- Fair Process
- Ethical Decision-Making
- File your Form 700
- Do I have a conflict of interest - Can I vote?
- California Ralph M Brown Act
- Oakland Sunshine Ordinance
- California Public Records Act
- Oakland Sunshine Ordinance
Ethics Training for Local Officials – Required by State Law (AB 1234, passed in 2005)
Certain local officials are required by state law to receive two-hours of ethics training. All of Oakland’s local elected officials are compliant with this training requirement:
Mayor Jean Quan
Council Member Dan Kalb
Council Member Pat Kernighan
Council Member Lynette Gibson-McElhaney*
Council Member Libby Schaaf
Council Member Noel Gallo
Council Member Desley Brooks
Council Member Larry Reid
Council Member Rebecca Kaplan
City Auditor Courtney Ruby
City Attorney Barbara Parker*
*These newly-elected officials have not yet submitted their training certificates; however, they have up to one year from the day they take office to complete the training.
City Administrative Leaders:
City Administrator Deanna Santana requested that the following department directors and senior administrative leaders be required to take the same ethics training as required by elected officials. The following senior staff submitted their training certificates in 2013:
Teresa Deloach Reed
Audree V. Jones-Taylor
Darryelle LaWanna Preston
The free, online state training for local officials is available on the FPPC's website.