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Transparency in Government

Monday, Aug. 10, 2009

Locally elected officials from communities across the Bay Area convened at the Ethics Center today for a roundtable on the ethical issues they face in their communities.  Convened by Senior Fellow in Government Ethics Judy Nadler, the participants heard from Lee Ann Pelham, executive director of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, and David Yarnold, exeuctive director of the Enviornmental Defense Fund and former executive editor of the San Jose Mercury News.

After the meeting, Nadler and Yarnold pursued some of the themes raised by the participants including transparency and the ways that new media, like blogs and social networks, can be used most effectively to communicate with constituents.