The City's Ethics Ordinance applies to all "City officials." This term includes elected officials and members of their staffs, as well as every unclassified City employee, consultant, and member of a City board or commission who files a Statement of Economic Interests (SEI). Officers and employees of the City's agencies, such as Civic San Diego and the Housing Commission, are also City officials if they have SEI filing obligations. Conflict of interest codes containing lists of the City positions with SEI filing obligations are available on the City Clerk's website.
If you have questions regarding when to file your SEI, contact the City Clerk. If you have questions regarding what to disclose on your SEI, contact the Ethics Commission.
The Ethics Ordinance includes a variety of laws designed to ensure that the City's decisions are made by individuals free from bias caused by their personal financial interests. It includes provisions requiring the disclosure of various types of financial interests, prohibitions relating to conflicts of interest, constraints on the misuse of City resources, and post-employment restrictions designed to eliminate undue or improper influence by former officials. The Ethics Commission has prepared a number of Fact Sheets that discuss, in plain language, many of the provisions of the Ethics Ordinance.
Ethics Training Information
City Officials are required to receive ethics training upon assuming office and every two years thereafter. Officials who are due for training may sign up for an upcoming training session through their Success Factors account, or can contact the Ethics Commission for assistance at 619-533-3476.
2018 Review of Post-Employment Lobbying Laws
Historical Ethics Ordinance Information
For memorandums, draft amendments, and ordinances pertaining to past versions of the Ethics Ordinance, please visit the Ethics Commission's Ethics Ordinance History page.
City Clerk Resources