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Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700) Disclosures -- at City's Website

From: domainremoved <Lynne>
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2018 18:15:03 -0700

Hello Judi,

The Good Governance Checklist: Good and Better Practice
<http://www.ca-ilg.org/sites/main/files/file-attachments/checklist_v4.pdf>s,
from the Institute for Local Government, has practical suggestions to
answer these questions:

1) What practices can a local agency put in place to promote public trust
and confidence?
2) What practices can minimize the risk of missteps that could undermine or
damage this trust and confidence?

The ideas are grouped into the "Minimum" and "Beyond the Minimum"
categories. While MP has implemented some in the "Beyond the Minimum"
category, we could do more. So, I hope my email will spark staff review of
the Checklist to identify what else could be implemented in MP.

On page 10, the document suggests ways to increased transparency. One is to
make "Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700) disclosures available on
the agency website. Right now, we only have the (blank) Form 700
<https://www.menlopark.org/1118/FPPC-Form-700-notification>available at our
website. Anyone wanting to know the actual disclosures (completed forms by
our elected officials) has to contact you. That represents an additional
hurdle as someone interested in the information may not want you to know
their identity.

I think adding Form 700 disclosures would be a positive move toward
transparency in Menlo Park. Will you consider making the disclosures
(completed forms) available at our city's website? Does Council have to
discuss this matter before staff can act?

For the record, I have not yet asked you for any Form 700 disclosures.

Lynne
Received on Tue Jun 26 2018 - 18:15:26 PDT

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