ONA supports the Ethics Naples Ballot Initiative

Thursday, November 09, 2017 12:54 PM | News Desk (Administrator)

The ONA Board of Directors has voted unanimously to support the Ethics Naples ballot initiative for an improved ethics policy for the City of Naples. We believe this is an important step forward in ensuring transparency and fairness of City government, and limiting the impact of special influences on decision making. We hope you will review the attached email and website, and if you are supportive to print, sign and mail the petition.


Thank you for taking the time to consider this issue.

The Board of Directors
Old Naples Association
Better Ethics for Naples

A Ballot Initiative
The short story: The ballot initiative for an improved ethics policy for the City of Naples has made substantial progress in just one week!
 
Please spend a few minutes learning about the proposal at www.ethicsnaples.org, and if you are supportive, sign the petition to put this issue before the voters of the City.

 

The longer story: We ask your help and support for an important community initiative that will allow the City of Naples to greatly improve its ethics policy. You can learn more about the issues at www.ethicsnaples.org and also download and sign the petition. We need to collect about 2,000 original signed petitions to put this question on the ballot and allow City of Naples voters the chance to decide for themselves.

As a taxpayer and City voter, we hope that you will take a few minutes to learn about this initiative to strengthen and improve our City’s ethics policy:
  • Learn more about our endorsers, including City Council and County Commission members, candidates for City Council election, and ethics experts.
  • Read recent Naples Daily News coverage about the initiative here.
  • One common question is "why do we need to do this?" We have summarized the key points in a one pager that you can read here.
  • What kind of progress have we made in the last week? Read our recent blog post here. 
Naples’ existing ethics code needs a number of improvements to justify our City’s motto “Ethics above all else.” The proposed amendment will provide these improvements, including independent oversight by a volunteer appointed commission, a resource for education and consultation for City officials to prevent ethics violations, prompt and professional investigation of any complaints and appropriate enforcement and reporting should a complaint be confirmed.
 
All these changes reflect “best practices” currently used by ethics commissions and offices in Florida, and this amendment to the charter has been drafted over the last year with help from ethics experts and lawyers and in consultation with our civic leaders.
  • As a City of Naples voter your signature on the petition is vital.
Please download and read the petition here. If you are supportive, review the instructions on the cover sheet and complete the petition as soon as you can. Then, mail the signed petition and completed cover sheet to the following address:
 
ETHICS NAPLES
P.O. Box 7249
Naples, FL 34101
  • Help the initiative go viral.
Please ask everyone you know who is a City of Naples voter to become familiar with the issues and if supportive to sign the petition and alert their friends. Please forward this email and our website www.ethicsnaples.org to everyone you know who might be concerned.
  • Volunteer.
Spend a few hours gathering signatures around the City of Naples. This can be a do-it-yourself stroll around your neighborhood with a few copies of the petition. Or, contact Ray Christman, our Executive Director, at ray.christman@ethicsnaples.org to find out more and get involved in gathering signatures at the farmer’s market or meeting places around town. This is a grass-roots, citizens-based effort and we need your help to succeed!
 
Working together we can succeed in making an important, long term, positive improvement in the governance of the City of Naples. Please contact us at ray.christman@ethicsnaples.org if you have questions, comments, suggestions or concerns.
 
Please sign the petition as soon as possible to get this critical issue on the ballot. The residents of the City of Naples deserve the highest standard of ethical governance.
 
Thank you!
 
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Ethics Naples, Inc., P.O. Box 7249, Naples, FL 34101

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