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File #: 21-1303    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Public Hearing/General Business Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 9/19/2021 In control: Council and Authorities Concurrent Meeting
On agenda: 9/28/2021 Final action:
Title: Action on a Written Petition (Council Petition 030) Submitted by Councilmember Jain Requesting to Place an Agenda Item at a Future Meeting to Consider Hiring an Ethics Consultant for Upcoming Elections
Attachments: 1. Council Policy 030 - Adding an Item on the Agenda, 2. Written Petition dated September 12, 2021 by Councilmember Jain
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REPORT TO COUNCIL                     

SUBJECT

Title

Action on a Written Petition (Council Petition 030) Submitted by Councilmember Jain Requesting to Place an Agenda Item at a Future Meeting to Consider Hiring an Ethics Consultant for Upcoming Elections

Report

COUNCIL PILLAR

Enhance Community Engagement and Transparency

 

BACKGROUND

Council Policy 030 - Adding an Item on the Agenda (Attachment 1) sets forth the procedure for written petitions. Members of the City Council shall use the Council Item Request Form to submit a written request for inclusion of an item on a future City Council agenda. Per the policy, the written request will be submitted on the agenda, in the form substantially provided by the requestor without any staff analysis, including fiscal review, legal review and policy review. If a simple majority of the City Council supports further study of the request, then a full staff analysis shall be prepared within thirty (30) days, unless otherwise directed by the City Council.

 

DISCUSSION

The City Clerk’s Office has received a Written Petition for Council consideration from Councilmember Jain dated September 12, 2021 (Attachment 2).

As we all know a lot of money was spent by outside PACs in the last election. Unlike earlier elections, Santa Clara did not hire an ethics consultant for this last election.

It would be great to have an ethics consultant who can review candidate complaints and hold meetings to train candidates how to run their campaigns ethically for upcoming elections.

The ethics consultant can advise as to how candidate forums should be run and where they can be hosted.

I really like the idea of a “Last Word” forum.

 

FISCAL IMPACT

There is no fiscal impact other than administrative staff time.

 

PUBLIC CONTACT

Public contact was made by posting the Council agenda on the City’s official-notice bulletin board outside City Hall Council Chambers. A complete agenda packet is available on the City’s website and in the City Clerk’s Office at least 72 hours prior to a Regular Meeting and 24 hours prior to a Special Meeting. A hard copy of any agenda report may be requested by contacting the City Clerk’s Office at (408) 615-2220, email clerk@santaclaraca.gov <mailto:clerk@santaclaraca.gov>.

 

ALTERNATIVES

1. Direct staff to agendize.

2. Note and file this report and take no further action.

3. Any other alternative as approved by Council.

 

RECOMMENDATION

Recommendation

Staff has no recommendation and seeks Council direction.

 

Staff

Reviewed by: Nora Pimentel, Assistant City Clerk

Approved by: Deanna J. Santana, City Manager

 

ATTACHMENTS

1. Council Policy 030 - Adding an Item on the Agenda

2. Written Petition dated September 12, 2021 from Councilmember Jain