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Disclosure

The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) was created by the Political Reform Act of 1974, a ballot initiative passed by California voters as Proposition 9. The FPPC regulates campaign financing and spending; financial conflicts of interest; lobbyist registration and reporting; post-governmental employment; mass mailings at public expense; and gifts and honoraria given to public officials and candidates. The California Political Reform Act, in conjunction with the City of Yucaipa Conflict of Interest Code, requires many local public officials and employees to file public, personal financial disclosure reports known as “Statements of Economic Interests – Form 700.” Under the Act, cities are required to adopt and implement a separate Conflict of Interest Code.  Employee Classifications, Commissioners, and Committee Members designated in the City’s code must file Statements of Economic Interests. The Filing Officer (City Clerk) administers the Conflict of Interest Code at the local level and notifies each designated filer of his or her filing obligation. Officials designated in the Conflict of Interest Code are required to file an Assuming Office Statement when they assume a designated position, an Annual Statement each year and a Leaving Office Statement within thirty days of resignation or termination.

Candidates for elected positions are required to file a Candidate statement. Each type of statement has a specific reporting period and filing deadline. Filers must sign the Form 700 under penalty of perjury. Once filed, the form is a public document and must be made available to the public upon request.

Additional compensation that public officials receive when appointing themselves to positions on committees, boards or commissions of a public agency is reported on Form 806 – Public Official Appointments. Each agency must post on its website a single Form 806 which lists all the paid appointed positions. When there is a change in compensation or a new appointment, the Form 806 is updated to reflect the change.

Information and online forms relating to the Political Reform Act is available from the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) web site.

Ethics

In accordance with California Government Code Section 53234 (also referred to as AB 1234), City of Yucaipa elected officials and select appointed commission members are required to take two hours of State approved local ethics training. The City has also chosen to require all Department Heads to adhere to the same regulations. The first certification is due within one year of taking office, and then every two years thereafter. Compliance is monitored by the Office of the City Clerk. To assist officials with the training requirement, visit the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) Ethics Training for Local Officials web page for more information on the FPPC web-based training program.