Bear Valley Community Services District

Transparency

Merriam-Webster defines transparency as:
able to be seen through;
easy to notice or understand;
honest and open;
not secretive.  

With a definition like that, it’s not hard to understand why ‘transparency’ is such a valuable commodity in government. From the distant Federal Government in Washington, to State, County and all the way down to our local Community Services District, it is the citizen’s right to know—and your elected officials’ responsibility to make clear—the actions and processes involved in carrying out the people’s business.  

The Ralph M Brown Act was passed in 1953 to compel legislative bodies to conduct meetings in the open, but the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF) has implemented a program wherein a district can take the commitment to transparency even further.  

The Bear Valley Community Services District has committed to pursue the Foundation’s

District Transparency Certificate of Excellence.

and to comply with the extensive list of requirements. The process will take some time to complete, but your Directors are committed to achieving this worthy goal. 

You can find the list of requirements here:

SDLF DISTRICT TRANSPARENCY CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

Ethics Requirements for the Board of Directors

Members of the Board of Directors have an obligation to conduct business on your behalf in an ethical and impartial manner. They must be mindful of how they make decisions and to assure that they represent our community as a whole and not just one aspect or constituency.

There are a great many laws that govern the ethical conduct of public officials; laws that not only address conflicts of interest, but criminal activity and corruption as well. In addition, in 2005 California State Legislature passed Assembly Bill 1234  requiring, among other things, that local agency officials “receive at least two hours of training in general ethics principles and ethics laws relevant to his or her public service every two years.”

One thing that is important to keep in mind, however, is that our Board members are likely not seasoned politicians; they are our neighbors who have stepped up to do a difficult and often thankless service to our community. To help them navigate through the confusing maze of laws and best practices, and to comply with AB 1234, District General Council Don Davis conducted an interactive training session prior to the December 12, 2019 Regular Board Meeting.  

Because the CSD Conflict of Interest Code requires all officials who manage public investments and all staff members who are involved in making financial decisions to take ethics training as well, this session was well attended. District committee volunteers and members of the public also took part.

If you would like to review what your community officials learned at that meeting, please click on the links below:

AB 1234 Training Powerpoint

Ethics Laws and Principles for Special District Officials

AB 1234 Certificates of Completion – Board of Directors

BVCSD Conflict of Interest Code

Board of Directors Certificates of Completion

Ethics Laws and Principles for Special District Officials

AB 1234 Ethics Training Presentation

Public Social Media Policy

BVCSD Conflict of Interest Code

Board of Directors Certificates of Completion

Ethics Laws and Principles for Special District Officials

AB 1234 Ethics Training Presentation

Public Social Media Policy

BVCSD Conflict of Interest Code

Board of Directors Certificates of Completion

Ethics Laws and Principles for Special District Officials

AB 1234 Ethics Training Presentation

Public Social Media Policy

BVCSD Conflict of Interest Code

Board of Directors Certificates of Completion

Ethics Laws and Principles for Special District Officials

AB 1234 Ethics Training Presentation

Public Social Media Policy