The City requires that every Neighborhood Council Board Member complete three trainings: Ethics, Funding, and Code of Conduct. You will not be able to fully participate in your Board meetings unless all three trainings are completed, so if you’re new, it’s a good idea to complete all three of these before your Board first meets.
Unless you are a Treasurer or Second Signer, you may take all three trainings online. In order to be authorized to fully participate in your Board meetings, make sure to obtain and file your certificate for each training as indicated below.
Ethics training is required of every public official by the State of California. Ethics certification expires after two years, so if you’re a returning Board Member, please check to see if your Ethics training is up to date, and retake it now, if needed.
The Ethics course takes at least 2 hours to complete, so please make sure you have enough time to complete it before starting. Here’s a link to the online Ethics training course: http://localethics.fppc.ca.gov/login.aspx. Upon finishing the online course, you’ll receive a PDF completion certificate that you must email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to share that certificate with your Board’s secretary or records-keeper, and keep a copy for your records.
Funding training is required in order to make motions or vote on any agenda items pertaining to the use of the Board’s funds. There are two different versions of this training – one for general Board Members, and a more intensive one for the Treasurers and Second Signers who actually handle your Neighborhood Council’s money.
Most Board Members can take the online video version of the Funding training. The Funding video takes about 20 minutes to complete. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtE4gFXBAl0. Please make sure to fill out and submit the registration form after the video ends to confirm that you completed this training.
Treasurers and Second Signers must take a more detailed Funding training in person, which lasts approximately 3 hours. Funding workshops are held in locations throughout the city. Upcoming workshops will be posted to http://empowerla.org/funding-workshops/ as they are booked.
Code of Conduct
All Board Members must review and agree to the Neighborhood Council Code of Conduct policy. There are two ways to submit a signed statement agreeing to abide by the Code of Conduct:
- 1) read the Code of Conduct here, then fill out and sign at the bottom of the page: http://empowerla.org/code-of-conduct/
- 2) watch this video explaining the Code of Conduct https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iObwtA-vBc, then fill out and sign the bottom of the online form located here: http://empowerla.org/code-of-conduct/.