Eye On Sacramento and League of Women Voters Release Report on the City Ethics & Transparency Reform Project

Media Release/Media Advisory

 For Immediate Release

Date/Time: February 18, 2015, 4:10 p.m.
Press Conference: February 19, 2015; 9:30 a.m. (See Media Advisory Below)

Contacts: Craig Powell, President, Eye on Sacramento

Phone: (916) 718-3030

E-mail: craig@eyeonsacramento.org

Paula Lee, President, League of Women Voters of Sacramento County

Phone: (916) 400-3802

E-mail: paula.lee@comcast.net


Eye on Sacramento and League of Women Voters Announce:

                                                (1) Release of Survey Report on Ethics Reform
                                                (2) First Forum on Ethics Reform Tomorrow Night at 6:30 p.m.


Eye on Sacramento (EOS) and the League of Women Voters of Sacramento County (LWV) announced today the release of their joint survey report on ethics reform. The report (link provided here) is entitled “Considering Ethics Reform in Sacramento: An Overview.” It reviews the ethics reforms that other California cities have enacted in four key areas: Ethics Codes, Ethics Commissions, Open Government (or Transparency) Ordinances and Redistricting Commissions.

“Our survey report is designed to kick start a community conversation that will begin tomorrow evening at 6:30 p.m. at the Clunie Community Center on what form ethics, transparency and redistricting reform should take in Sacramento,” said EOS President Craig Powell. The Clunie Community Center is located in McKinley Park in East Sacramento (601 Alhambra Blvd.).

Tomorrow night’s forum at the Clunie marks the first of eight public forums that the LWV and EOS are hosting in each city council district in the city. A panel discussion at tomorrow’s forum will include representatives of EOS, LWV, Mr. Jeff Harris, the city council member who represents East Sacramento, Mr. Peter Scheer, the Executive Director of the California First Amendment Coalition, and CSUS Professor Kim Nadler, Director of CSUS’s Project for an Informed Electorate.

“The most important element of each forum, however, will be the suggestions and comments offered by those who attend. They will have the biggest voice at each forum. Everyone who attends will have a chance to express their views or pose questions to panelists. We’ll stay until they turn the lights out on us,” said LWV President Paula Lee.”

The next forum will be at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 26th at the Artisan Building (1901 Del Paso Boulevard) and will include council member Allen Warren as a panelist.

“We also want to acknowledge the broad support our effort has received from a growing roster of co-sponsoring neighborhood groups and community organizations. We’re very gratified to receive support that crosses all partisan, ideological and ethnic lines. They range from the Sacramento Taxpayers Association to Common Cause of Sacramento and from the Democratic Party of Sacramento County to Republicans of River City. This is a true kumbayah moment for Sacramento,” Powell concluded.

Following the forums and meetings with city officials, a research and drafting committee of EOS and LWV, chaired by local attorney Nicolas Heidorn, will prepare legislative proposals that will be public vetted before they are presented to the city council for action.


view/download … Considering Ethics Reform in Sacramento: An Overview …

An Eye On Sacramento and the League of Women Voters of Sacramento County Report