FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 15, 2015
Contact: Geoff Kors 760.537.0061
Palm Springs City Council Candidate Geoff Kors Announces Plan for Ethics and Sunshine Task Force and Ordinance
Kors proposes stronger conflict of interest rule for city officials
Palm Springs City Council Candidate Geoff Kors, who earlier this year proposed the formation of an ethics and sunshine task force, today announced eight specific proposals to make Palm Springs government more open, inclusive and transparent. Kors’ Form 700 Statement of Financial Interest and his Form 460 Campaign Donor Report are posted on his website.
“Nothing is more important than ensuring that our government operates in the most ethical, transparent and inclusive way possible,” Kors said. “Currently, Palm Springs follows the minimum ethics and open government rules allowed under state law. We can do better than that,” Kors stated. “I have proposed that the city post the statement of financial interest of all elected and appointed officials on their website. I have also proposed that candidate and elected office holder filings – that contain the names, occupations, employers and amounts given for their campaign contributors – be posted. I am leading by example and have posted both documents for my campaign on my website,” Kors added.
Other ideas Kors has proposed include: requiring more detailed disclosure of conflicts of interests; prohibiting city commissioners from having private discussions with applicants on matters they will be voting on; moving all city commission meetings to after work hours so more residents are able to attend and serve; prohibiting elected and appointed officials who also serve on boards of directors from voting on grants or other matters related to those entities; creating and following criteria for grants; and requiring the sale of city assets needing council approval be put out for open bid.
“I am committed to ensuring that Palm Springs residents have the trust and the opportunity to participate in their government,” Kors said. “Elected and appointed officials are there to serve the people they represent and to do so in the most transparent and inclusive way possible,” Kors concluded.
Kors’ proposal can be found at: GeoffKors.com/Ethics