Conflict of Interest Code


Under the Political Reform Act, a public official has a disqualifying conflict of interest in a governmental decision if it is foreseeable that the decision will have a financial impact on his or her personal finances or other financial interests. In such cases, there is a risk of biased decision-making that could sacrifice the public’s interest in favor of the official’s private financial interests. To avoid actual bias or the appearance of possible improprieties, the public official is prohibited from participating in the decision.

For more information on the Conflicts of Interest Rules, visit the Fair Political Practices Commission webpage.


Every elected official and public employee who makes or influences governmental decisions is required to submit a Statement of Economic Interest, also known as the Form 700. The Form 700 provides transparency and ensures accountability in two ways:

  1. It provides necessary information to the public about an official’s personal financial interests to ensure that officials are making decisions in the best interest of the public and not enhancing their personal finances.
  2. It serves as a reminder to the public official of potential conflicts of interest so the official can abstain from making or participating in governmental decisions that are deemed conflicts of interest.

Copies of the statements of economic interests filed by the elected officers listed below may be obtained by visiting the offices of the Fair Political Practices Commission or the City Clerk's Office. Statements of economic interests for Emeryville's elected officials (City Council Members) may be searched for in electronic format on the Commission's website.

State of California
Fair Political Practices Commission
428 J Street, Suite 620
 Sacramento, CA 95814

City of Emeryville
City Clerk's Office
1333 Park Avenue
 Emeryville, CA 94608


City Council

John J. Bauters

Sukhdeep Kaur

David Mourra

Kalimah Priforce

Courtney Welch

Planning Commission

Zoe Chafe

Al Dram

Jack Ghizzoni

Steven Keller

Erika Mendez

Henry Symons

Erica Zepko

City Staff

Paul Buddenhagen, City Manager

John Kennedy, City Attorney

Lawrence Chiu, City Treasurer

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    Emeryville, CA 94608

    Fax: (510) 450-7831