ethics alliance passes mission to 3 other teams
Alliance for Ethical Government, advocating honesty in local politics for the
past three years, is passing its torch to three organizations, said president
and former state supreme court justice Gerald Kogan.
Miami-Dade County Commission on Ethics & Public Trust, the Greater Miami Chamber
of Commerce and the Miami Business Forum, he said, will take over where the alliance
is ending. Mr. Kogan spoke Tuesday at the alliance's final meeting.
can only do so much," he said. "Now it's up to the community to finish
plea to the community is, let's not let this work go to waste," said Carlos
Saladrigas, alliance co-chair. " Let's get together and finish the job."
implementing 30 of its 43 recommendations, 13 "sticky matters" remain,
Mr. Kogan said. Chief among these is to raise commissioner salaries based on a
state formula, Mr. Kogan said. That change, to be considered in 2002, would put
county commissioners' salaries at about $76,000, he said.
Kogan said other remaining initiatives include a financial disclosure law requiring
elected officials to explain substantial changes in net worth, passage of a state
"truth-in-advertising" law and requiring asset audits that extend up
to three years after an official is elected.
the alliance's proudest accomplishments, Mr. Kogan said, were the county's limiting
of public funding for mayoral and commission candidates, a rule that contractors
sign an ethics code, the school board's initiative to form an ethics group and
the creation of a vendor center by the county's procurement department.
alliance, he said, accomplished its work with $526,000 raised privately and help
from the state attorney's office, which requires delinquent businesses to contribute
to ethics organizations.