Dear NC Leaders,
In last week’s update I shared with you that we were welcoming back to the field division, Neighborhood Empowerment Analyst, Amber Meshack. Amber will be assigned to work with regions 11 and 12 (West & Harbor). View the updated assignment sheet for your reference on Slideshare.
With regards to training, the City Attorney Neighborhood Council Advice Division will be delivering the live Ethics and Open Government training (state-required training) on Thursday, February 21, 2013 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm at:
4024 Radford Ave. MPR III
Studio City, CA 91604
To confirm attendance, please visit surveymonkey.com/s/EthicsValley221 or call 213.978.1481.
IMPORTANT: You must attend the entire training to complete your Ethics Training requirement. Arrival of more than 30 minutes late to the training will NOT guarantee an Ethics Training Certificate.
Government Code section 53235 requires ethics training for local government officials, including neighborhood council Board members. You must take this training within the first year of gaining office and every two years after that. In order to get a certificate of completion, you MUST attend the entire training which includes part 1 and 2. Part 1 will show you examples of conflicts of interest under the Political Reform Act, explain how Common Law controls personal bias in decision-making, and cover Government Code Section 1090′s prohibition of financial interests in public contracts.The second part of the program covers bribery and extortion, misuse of authority for private benefit, limitations on mass mailings, and prohibition on the use of public funds for political purposes. Most of the time will be spent covering the state open meetings law, the Brown Act, which controls many aspects of neighborhood council operation. The California Public Records Act also applies to neighborhood councils, and its strict deadlines for compliance will be covered. Finally, city rules on competitive bidding will be described, along with city rules for entering into contracts.
It is advisable that you take a moment to review your bylaws for any training conditions which trigger voting restrictions and time lines. For further assistance or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our Help Line at (213) 978-1551.
Also, remember that If you cannot attend the live training, you can always take it online at ethics.lacity.org/education/ethics2007/?audience=done
Completion of the training live or on-line is good for two years.
Leyla A. Campos
Director of Field Operations