Markkula Center of Applied Ethics

Gifts to Public Officials

February 26, 2010 Public Sector Roundtable

Discussion of specific California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) rulings on gifts to public officials focused on "behested payments" and transparency. Also covered were employee gift policies and the distribution of tickets.

Guest speakers
  • Roman Porter, Executive Director, California Fair Political Practices Commission
  • Karen Gorman, Ethics Officer and Acting Inspector General, Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • Michael Martello, Esq., City Attorney

    What We Learned

    Ethics Hotspots
    Gifts to Lawmakers and Public Employees: Evolving Policies
    Ethics, Gifts, and Public Officials

    Participants

    Joanne Benjamin, Policy Aide, Santa Clara County Supervisor Liz Kniss
    David Casas, Mayor, City of Los Altos
    Dean Chu, ex-officio member, Metropolitan Transportation Commission
    Dan Furtado, Councilmember, City of Campell
    David Ginsborg, Assistant to the Assessor, Santa Clara County
    Kirk Hanson, Executive Director, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
    Lisa Herrick, Senior Deputy City Attorney, City of San Jose
    Nicky Santos, S.J., Visiting Scholar Markkula Center for Applied Ethic
    Miriam Schulman, Communications Director, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
    Joe Simitian, State Senator, District 11
    Daniel Solomon, Hackworth Fellow, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
    Melissa Tromquet, Senior Deputy City Attorney, City of Palo Alto

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