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Statement from Councilman Daniel Valenzuela on Passing New Ethics OrdinanceStatement from Councilman Daniel Valenzuela on Passing New Ethics Ordinance<div class="ExternalClassB75E12DA88AC4D1B864C2422E21254CB"><p>"Since taking office in 2012 I have supported and advocated for an Ethics Policy because it's important for the sake of public trust and transparency.<br><br>I appreciate the thoughtful and exhaustive accomplishments by the Task Force to review the Council's ethics policies and recommend improvements. Their conclusion was that Phoenix lags other large peer cities when it comes to our ethics policy.<br><br>I have continued to support the creation of an ethics ordinance, and I joined every member of the City Council in 2014 when we voted to send the proposal back to the subcommittee level for vetting and revisions.<br><br>The policy passed unanimously today utilizes a bipartisan commission to review legitimate allegations and recommend sanctions for the mayor and council members who violate conflict-of-interest policies and other rules. This is far superior than taking action on an ad hoc basis, which during my time on the Council has most often occurred through the referral of such allegations to outside agencies or private law firms contracted by the city.<br><br>A city of Phoenix Ethics Policy is another crucial step to protecting the public trust and giving hardworking Phoenix residents a government of which they can be proud."</p></div>2/8/2017 12:00:00 AMDavid Urbinato602-495-5405