Compton City Clerk Alita Godwin is asking the members of the city council to amend the city’s Conflict of Interest Code by amending designated positions and disclosure categories pursuant to the Political Reform Act of 1974. Elected officials and certain city employees are required to submit annual Statement of Economic Interest Forms, commonly known as Form 770s, where they are required to detail their assets, sources of income and gifts received during the annual filing period. Noticeably missing from the attachment of positions requiring the Form 700 be completed are council liaisons.
The Political Reform Act of 1974 (the “Act”) requires every state and local government agency to adopt a Conflict of Interest Code, which compels most state and local public
officials and employees to disclose certain personal financial holdings so as to prevent public decision makers from participating in government decisions in which they have a
personal, financial stake.
The comprehensive list takes into account all elected officials, and certain employees, but not those working with either the mayor or members of council.
It could be alleged that council liaison’s might receive cash, gifts and/or gratuity on behalf of the elected official they represent. The liaison could then in turn, issue payments, possibly from said cash, gifts and/or gratuity, to outside vendors, and/or the elected they received payment on behalf of, in order to circumvent Fair Political Practice Commission (FPPC) Disclosures and IRS filings.
The FPPC provides a searchable database of filings by elected officials only. City employees forms would have to be requested directly from the City Clerk’s office.
In the city of Inglewood, the office of City Clerk Aisha Thompson, refuses to provide Form 700s, for city employees, in direct violation of the CA Public Records and Freedom of Information Acts.conflict of interest