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Think they’re all crooked?

Then go do something about it. The City of Oakland Public Ethics Commission has two vacancies and is accepting applications, terms to begin in January and end in 2011.

The commission meets monthly, with one or more additional committee meetings per month, to oversee compliance with the Oakland’s Campaign Reform Act, Sunshine Ordinance, Limited Public Financing Act, Code of Conduct for City Officials, Conflict of Interest regulations, Lobbyist Registration Act, and False Endorsement In Campaign Literature Act. It also reviews ethics laws and recommends amendments to the City Council; develops informational, training, and public outreach programs concerning the Commission’s activities; and annually adjusts City Council’s salaries.

And isn’t that last one worthwhile all by itself?

To qualify, you must be a resident and registered voter of Oakland, and during your term and for one year after you can’t be employed by the city or have any direct and substantial financial interest in any work or business or official action by the City; seek election to any other public office; participate in or contribute to an Oakland municipal campaign; or endorse, support, oppose, or work on behalf of any candidate or measure in an Oakland election.

The seven-member commission includes three nominated for appointment by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council, and four selected by the Commission as a whole. Commissioners aren’t paid and can’t serve more than one consecutive three-year term.

Click here for the application, and mail the completed form plus your resume to:

City Of Oakland, Public Ethics Commission
One Frank Ogawa Plaza, Fourth Floor
Oakland, CA 94612

Or, fax the application and resume to 510-238-3315 or e-mail them to ethicscommission@oaklandnet.com. The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.