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City of Santa Monica Code of Ethics

Ethics Medallion 150 px sqCity of Santa Monica staff should always strive for the highest ethical standards. To strengthen the City’s commitment to the highest standards of good governance, Santa Monica City Council adopted a values-based Code of Ethics for all City staff on November 24, 2015. It is based on the principles of fairness, transparency, accountability, and integrity.


If you witness Santa Monica staff in a possible ethical violation, please report it.  Provide information about the incident by phone or online.

For access to the Ethics Hotline 24/7/365 and in multiple languages, call 844-4SM-ETHIC or report online.



· I value all stakeholders, and treat all people with dignity.

· I follow City processes and maintain objectivity in my decision making.

· I provide equal access to all.

· I respect diversity of opinions.



· I am a guardian of the public’s trust.

· I represent the City well, refraining from acts that may bring reproach or discredit to the City.

· I use public resources appropriately, not for private benefit or political purposes.

· I decline and do not seek gifts, favors, and other special treatment.



· I support the public’s right to know by making information accessible.

· I facilitate public involvement in decision making processes.

· I disclose information that may be perceived as a conflict of interest.



· I accept individual and collective responsibility for my actions.

· I adhere to laws, policies, standards of conduct, and report violations.

· I am Reliable, Respectful, Resourceful, Responsive, and Reflective.



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