FPPC Filings & Ethics Training
The Fair Political Practices Commission (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. Information and online forms relating to the Political Reform Act is available from the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) web site.
Statement of Economic Interests, Form 700
City Council Members are elected officials identified in Government Code Section 87200 and are required to file Statement of Economic Interest Forms with the FPPC. Employees designated in the City’s Conflict of Interest Code are required to file Statement of Economic Interest Forms with the City Clerk’s Office. To promote compliance and increase transparency in government, Forms 700’s for many local and state officials can be searched on the FPPC’s website.
Distribution of City Gifts, Form 801
Form 801 is used to report certain payments received by state and local government agencies that are used for agency purposes and paid by a third party. FPPC Regulations 18944 and 18950.1 provide a procedure that agencies may use to disclose these payments, which may include a payment for an official’s travel expenses for the purpose of facilitating the public’s business in lieu of using agency funds; and a payment that would otherwise be considered a gift or income to the benefiting official, but is instead accepted on behalf of the agency.
- Link to Form 801 (Gift to Agency Report)
Complimentary Ticket Policy, Form 802
In accordance with the provisions set fourth in Section 18944.1 of the Fair Political Practices Commission, ticket disclosure forms (Form 802) are posted on this website within 30-days after distribution of tickets.
Behested Payment Report, Form 803
Under California’s transparency laws, an elected official who fundraises or otherwise solicits payments from one individual or organization to be given to another individual or organization may be required to report the payment. Generally, a payment is considered “behested” and subject to reporting if:
- it is made at the request, suggestion, or solicitation of, or made in cooperation, consultation, coordination or concert with the public official;
- it is made for a legislative, governmental or charitable purpose; and
- it does not qualify as a gift (made for personal purposes), or a contribution (made for election-related activity) to the elected official.
While state law limits the amount of gifts and campaign contributions an official may receive, there are no limits on behested payments. However, state law requires the reporting of behested payments if they total $5,000 or more per calendar year from a single source.
Public Official Appointments, Form 806
An official may vote to hold another position even if the voting official will receive additional income so long as the public is informed prior to the vote or consent item. FPPC Regulation 18702.5 provides for the filing of a Form 806 under these circumstances. Each agency must post on its website a single Form 806 which lists all the paid appointed positions to which an official will vote to appoint themselves. When there is a change in compensation or a new appointment, the Form 806 is updated to reflect the change. The form must be updated promptly as changes occur.
- Link to Form 806
The Political Reform Act (Gov. Code §§ 81000-91014) requires detailed disclosure of the role of money in California politics. This includes the disclosure of contributions and expenditures in connection with campaigns supporting or opposing local candidates and ballot measures. Campaign disclosure filings are public documents. Any member of the public may inspect and obtain a copy of any statement.
Link to Campaign Statements
The City of Yucaipa is required by law (AB 1234, Chapter 700, Stats. of 2005) to provide ethics training to its elected officials and select appointed commission members. The City has also chosen to require that all Department Heads 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. Several training options are available, including training conducted by commercial organizations, nonprofits, or an agency’s own legal counsel. In addition, the FPPC offers an online training program that allows local officials to satisfy the requirements of AB 1234 at no cost (Local Officials Ethics Training Course).
On August 12, 2019, City Council approved the adoption of the City Council Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct is designed to work in tandem with the City’s existing Rules of Procedure.