The Ethics Commission is an independent department that does not report to the Mayor or City Council. It is a body of appointed volunteer City officials, formed in 2001 for the purpose of monitoring, administering, and enforcing the City's governmental ethics laws. The Ethics Commission is composed of seven members appointed by the Mayor from a pool of nominees nominated by the Council and City Attorney and confirmed by Council. At least two members of the Commission must have been candidates for elective governmental office or otherwise held high level positions in a campaign for elective governmental office. At least three of the members must be attorneys in good standing with the California Bar Association. No more than three members may be registered with the same political party.
The Ethics Commission is charged with:
monitoring, administering, and enforcing the City's governmental ethics laws and proposing new governmental ethics law reforms;
conducting investigations, referring violations to appropriate enforcement agencies, and auditing disclosure statements; and
advising and educating City officials, candidates, political committees, and lobbyists about governmental ethics laws.