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Requests for an Advisory Opinion

Current Advisory Opinions under the New Code of Ethics ...

                     
2018-03

Request

Response

The issue before the Board is how a  recently appointed Planning Director with many years of experience working with a private company who provides professional developmental services, including moving planning and engineering projects through the Municipal process for approval, can manage potential conflicts of interest in the performance of Municipal duties.

2018-02

Request

Response

The question before the Board is whether a property manager can offer a covered parking space at no charge to Municipal employees who have a municipal-owned  vehicles assigned to them.

2018-01

                  

    

Confidential 

Response
    

The question before the Board is whether the spouse of an elected official can be employed with a non-profit entity that receives substantial funding from the Municipality and manage conflict of interest, appearance of impropriety.

 

2017-04  

Request

Response  

The question before the Board is whether an elected member of a service area board may be appointed to an advisory commission.

2017-03

 

Request     

Response

The question before the Board is whether the owner of an athletics supply business and coach at an Anchorage School District school can sell sporting goods from the business to the school at which the owner coaches and other schools within the Anchorage School District.

2017-02

Informal

WITHDRAWN - February 6, 2018.

2017-01

Request

WITHDRAWN - June 27, 2017. 

Years from 2007 to 2016 under the previous Code of Ethics ...

 2016-10  

The issue before the Board is whether a member of the Mayor's household can serve on a non-profit board(s) that may receive MOA Grant Funds.

 
 2016-9  

The Board decided that the proposal did not violate the Ethics Code; however, no formal opinion was issued.

Response
 2016-8

 Confidential

  WITHDRAWN - May 26, 2016.  
 2016-7

 Confidential

 

The issue before the Board is whether the requestor, as a bidder, can be given an exception to the 7-day notice of intent to respond to public solicitation.  The Board's opinion upheld the requirement by Code.  The requestor was informed verbally and no written opinion is available.

 
 2016-6  

The issue before the Board is whether the Municipal Code of Ethics allows you, as a current municipal employee for the Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility to operate a private business to treat and bottle water from Eklutna Lake.

Response
 2016-5  

The Board was asked to review the practices of accepting donations from Dollars for Dogs, a 501C non-profit organization, to ensure that there is no appearance of impropriety, gifts, conflicts of interest, or any other ethical dilemmas.

Response
 2016-4  

The issue before the Board is whether review and approval of a proposed rezoning project in the Municipality's PACE system by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget violated the Ethics Code where the OMB Director's wife represented the project proponent.

Response
 2016-3   The issue before the Board is whether a Municipal employee, not working in the Planning or Building Department, can serve on the Planning & Zoning Commission, Urban Design Commission, Platting Board, or Zoning Board of Examiners and Appeals.  Response
 2016-2   The issue before the Board is whether a Municipal employee can provide consultation services for a fee regarding a subject matter of which the employee has experience from a previous position with the Municipality.  Response
 2016-1   The issue before the Board is whether the Anchorage Municipal Code of Ethics permits the Department of  Health and Human Services, acting through the Municipality of Anchorage Department of Law, to use Municipal resources to engage outside counsel for advice regarding potential sponsorship of an existing employee's work visa. Response
 2015-7      

Mayor Berkowitz requested an advisory opinion from the Board of Ethics to more fully inform the public about the issues raised in NOPV 2015-3 regarding the acceptance of a gift of out-of-state travel and the applicability of the Open Meetings Act.

Response
 2015-6           

Newly Appointed Chief Fiscal Officer, Robert Harris requested an advisory opinion from the Board of Ethics in order to more fully inform the public of his respective roles as both the Municipal CFO and a member of the Board of Directors for Cook Inlet Region, Inc. and management of potential conflicts of interest.

Response
 2015-5    

WITHDRAWN - July 1, 2015.

 

 
 2015-4  

WITHDRAWN - July 8, 2015.

 

 

 2015-3

Confidential

 

A confidential request for an opinion from the Board of Ethics was filed inquiring whether under the Ethics Code appointed members of municipal public bodies are allowed to write letters to the editor, publish blogs, post on Facebook, write compass pieces or commentaries, or otherwise communicate private opinions while identifying themselves as members of an appointed public body.

Response
2015-2
 

Assembly Member Demboski requested an opinion from the Board of Ethics to include guidelines and a possible waiver for certain potential conflict disclosures related to Anchorage Fire Department matters that come before the Anchorage Assembly.  Ms. Demboski is married to a current AFD Fire Captain.

Response
2015-1

01/30/2015   

  

Mayor Sullivan requested an opinion from the Board of Ethics on whether he can publicly oppose and take official action on a proposed ordinance before the Anchorage Assembly, dependent upon the Board's determination of whether Mayor Sullivan has a substantial financial or private interest in the matter that is the subject of the proposed ordinance.  AO 2015-10(S)

Response

2014-5
   

Anchorage Fire Department Request for Clarification of AMC 1.15.020.A.7 - Prohibited Conduct regarding the use of municipal resources and employee participation in photographs for a charitable project

Response

2014-4 08/29/2014

Assembly Vice-Chair Traini requested an opinion from the Board of Ethics on whether a proposed resolution opposing Ballot Measure No. 2 to legalize marijuana use in Alaska is partisan.

Response

2014-3 01/14/2014

The Anchorage Assembly referred AO 2014-14 to the Board of Ethics for review and comment.

Response

2014-2 01/14/2014

The Anchorage Assembly referred AO 2014-13 to the Board of Ethics for review and comment.

Response

2014-1

Assemblymember Demboski requested an opinion from the Board of Ethics on whether she can identify herself as an Assembly member in support of a candidate.

Response

2013-2

Assemblymember Trombley, Chair of the Ethics and Elections Committee, asked the Board of Ethics to review and comment on the proposed amendment to the Ethics Code in AO 2013-157(S) allowing incumbent Assembly member sponsorship and participation in the change of the Election date.

Response

2013-1

The Municipal Clerk asked the Board of Ethics to comment on the potential conflict of interest for an Assembly member to (1) sponsor or (2) vote and deliberate on an ordinance that proposes moving the Municipal Election from April to November. 

Response

     

2012-2

Anchorage Fire Department Request for Clarification of AMC 1.15.025

Response

2012-1

Assembly Member Honeman's Request for Opinion on Actions Surrounding Possible Contract/Amendment

Response

2011-5

Confidential

 

Potential Conflict of Assembly Member's Aide with Appointment to the Budget Advisory Commission

Response

2011-4
 

ASD Employee's Ability to File a Single Annual Notice of Intent to do Business with the Anchorage School District for Multiple Bids

Response

2011-3

 

Potential Conflict of Labor Agreement with Ethics Code

Response

2011-2

 

Potential Conflict of Assembly Member Drummond with Renaming of Her Street

Response

2011-1

 

Potential Conflict of Assembly Member Traini with Sponsorship of a Disabled Veteran's Preference Ordinance

Response

2010-14

 

WITHDRAWN

2010-13

 

ASD Employee's Ability to do Business with the ASD

Response

2010-12

 

ASD Employee's Ability to File a Single Annual Notice of Intent to do Business with the ASD for Mulitiple Bids

Response

2010-11

 

NOT AVAILABLE

2010-10

 

ASD Employee's Ability to File a Single Annual Notice of Intent to do Business with the Anchorage School District for Multiple Bids

Response

2010-9

Confidential

 

MOA Employee's Ability to Apply to Weatherization Program

Response

2010-8

 

Mayor's Request for Opinion on Family Member Employed by Business Bidding on MOA Contract.

Response

2010-7

 

Mayor's Request for Opinion on Appointment of Family Member to Utility Board

Response

2010-6

 

Potential Conflict of Assembly Member Flynn as Minority Owner of a Business in the Downtown Business Improvement District

Response

2010-5

 

Former Assembly Member Coffey's Request for Opinion on a Non-competitive Contract with MOA for Title 21 Rewrite

Response

2010-4

Confidential

 

Gift Disclosures by Wounded APD Officers

Response 

2010-3

 

Mayor's Request for Opinion on Downtown Business Improvement District Petition Involvement

Response

2010-2

 

Mayor's Request for Opinion on Business Partner's Lawsuit Against MOA

Response

2010-1

 

Mayor's Request for Opinion on Retirement Insurance Trust

Response

2009-1

 

Potential Conflict of Labor Agreement with Ethics Code

Response 

2008-9

 

Employment of Elected Official in Acting Position

Response

2008-8

 

Potential Conflict of Anchorage School Board Member with Posting to Personal Blog

Response 

2008-7

 

Potential Conflict of Assembly Member Flynn with Appointment to AMATS

Response

2008-6

 

Potential Conflict of Board of Ethics Member Falsey Serving as Community Council Officer

Response

2008-5

 

Potential Conflict of Assembly Member Birch with Appointment to AMATS

Response

2008-4

Confidential

 

Campaign Contributions to an Elected Official by an Elected Official

Response

2008-3

 

WITHDRAWN

2008-2

 

Assembly Member Tesche's Request for Opinion on Ethics Complaint

Response

2008-1

Confidential

 

Potential Conflict of Board Member Whose Relative is MOA Employee

Response

2007-4

Confidential

 

Potential Conflict Related to Municipal Position and Business Partners

Response

2007-3

 

Gift of Tickets to Elected Officials for Social Event

Response

2007-2

Confidential

 

Potential Conflict of Board Member Whose Relative is MOA Employee

Response

2007-1

 

Gift Disclosures by School Board Members & ASD Employees

Response

Advisory Opinions prior to 2007 pre-date the 2007 Code of Ethics Rewrite and are not provided.