Purpose and Goals

The City Ethics Law is intended "to guard against improper influence or even the appearance of improper influence, and to ensure public trust in the government". To that end, the Ethics Law:

  • sets ethical standards on the conduct of all City officials and employees as necessary or appropriate to prevent a conflict of interest or the appearance of a conflict,
  • requires City officials and high-level employees, within 6 months of appointment, to undergo formal training in the requisites of the Ethics Law and sign and to submit a Conflicts Affidavit,
  • requires City officials and specified employees to file annual financial disclosure statements, open to public inspection, and
  • requires legislative- and executive-branch lobbyists to file registration statements and periodic activity reports, open to public inspection.