Conflict of Interest

Board of Supervisors

Conflict of interest conditions are outlined in the Fair Political Practices Commission Fact Sheet (FPPC). Additionally, an example from the "Can I Vote" pamphlet is included to provide answers to questions that may not be otherwise specifically addressed.

Conditions of Conflict

1. The individual makes, participates in or uses his or her official position to influence a governmental decision;

2. It is foreseeable that the decision will affect the individual's economic interest;

3. The effect of the decision on the individual's economic interest is material;

4. The effect of the decision on the individual's economic interest is distinguishable from the effect on the general public.

All four conditions must be met for a conflict. A material effect is considered to have occurred when the decision accrues over a certain dollar amount (which may be revised from time-to-time by the California Fair Political Practices Commission) for the individual's personal income or assets, or the personal income or assets of their spouse or dependent children.  This is regardless of the effect being positive or negative.