The citizens of Los Angeles County have the right
to expect that their elected and appointed officials will carry out
their duties in a lawful, ethical and professional manner. They also
have the right to expect that administrators, supervisors and the
immediate subordinates of elected and appointed officials, who play
an integral role in achieving the mission of the officeholder, will
discharge their duties and obligations in the same lawful, ethical
and professional manner.
The District Attorney's
Public Integrity Division ensures that public and appointed
officials - and their subordinates - fulfill their legally mandated
duties. To this end, the District Attorney’s Office will use all
resources at its disposal to detect, investigate and prosecute
criminal misconduct at all levels of public service.
The Public Integrity Division’s ultimate goal is
to increase the public’s level of confidence in its elected and
SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITY
Public officials are elected or appointed to
positions of public trust. In the event of any breach of this
trust, the Public Integrity Division will investigate and, if
appropriate, prosecute criminal misconduct by any elected or
appointed public official.
The term "public official" is defined in the
broadest possible manner and includes state, county and city
officials. Subordinates and employees of public officials, whose
duties directly impact the public’s business, are also subject to
investigation and prosecution by the Public Integrity Division.
The Public Integrity Division will also be
responsible for the investigation and prosecution of school
officials, such as members of local school boards, district
superintendents, principals, teachers and office administrators
who engage in criminal misconduct relating to the discharge of
their duties. This includes inappropriate or illegal use of public
Because the integrity of the election process
is crucial to a free and democratic society, the District
Attorney’s Office must be vigilant in enforcing all laws that
regulate the election process. In this regard, the Public
Integrity Division is charged with investigating and prosecuting
allegations of voter fraud, illegal voter registration practices,
illegal campaign practices, illegal campaign contributions and
falsification of candidacy papers.
The Brown Act governs meetings conducted by
local legislative bodies such as boards of supervisors, city
councils and school boards. As these legislative bodies are
charged with conducting the people’s business, the Brown Act
ensures that the business be conducted in open meetings, allowing
public access and a free exchange of opinions. The law recognizes
that a balance must be struck between the public’s right to open
meetings and the legislative body’s need for confidentiality in
certain circumstances. Although the Brown Act allows for closed
sessions in specific, narrowly drawn exceptions, there is a
presumption in favor of public access.
The District Attorney’s Office has the
authority to prosecute individual members of the legislative body
criminally and to initiate civil actions to prevent or nullify
actions taken in violation of the Brown Act. The Public Integrity
Division has the responsibility of investigating and prosecuting
allegations of Brown Act violations.
Public Integrity Division
Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
320 West Temple St., Rm. 766
Los Angeles, CA. 90012
Phone: (213) 974-6501
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01 Feb 2006