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Sacramento City Council Approves Ethics Reform Package

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

The Sacramento City Council has voted to move toward the creation of  ethics and redistricting commissions.

As proposed, a person could make an ethics complaint to the newly-created Office of Compliance, which would forward it to an independent investigator. If the investigator finds the claim has merit, it would go before the ethics commission -which would consist of five members of the legal community, appointed by the mayor and approved by the city council.

Councilmember Angelique Ashby led the committee that came up with the proposal. She says a key component to its success is the compliance officer.

"It creates a person who proactively tries to educate and train not only the council, but administrative staff and the community on what the ethics code includes and keeping the compliance."

The council asked city staff to present an ethics code and an ordinance to create an ethics commission by January of next year.

The redistricting commission would have 13 members and two alternates if voters approve the idea in 2018.  Each of the eight council districts would be represented by one person selected at random from a pool of qualified applicants. They would then select the remaining five members and two alternates.


Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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