Rachel Barnhart is calling for major reforms of the city’s ethics code.

“Lovely Warren’s inappropriate relationship with Uber exposed the need for big changes. We must do everything we can to preserve integrity and prevent conflicts of interest in city government,” Barnhart said.

Barnhart proposes:

  1. The Board of Ethics will accept and consider complaints from private citizens.
  2. Anyone who violates the Code of Ethics will be subject to a fine, and possible disciplinary action.
  3. The Board of Ethics will employ outside counsel.
  4. The city will impose a one-year ban on any former employees contacting the city on behalf of new employer.
  5. No city employee can serve on the committees of political parties.
  6. No city employee can make campaign contributions to the mayor or members of city council.
  7. Vendors will not be allowed to make campaign contributions to the mayor or members of city council. No one with business before the city will be allowed to make campaign contributions to the mayor or members of city council.

“These are common sense proposals to end pay to play and to ensure confidence in government,” Barnhart said. “Some of this was already in my platform. But let’s now use the Uber scandal to drive change.”

Barnhart repeated her assertion that Uber didn’t have a job fair at City Hall. A job fair involves multiple employers. Uber had a party, compete with food and beverages. Uber used city property, the city logo and Warren’s campaign slogan to advertise and recruit employees. Warren used the event to promote her fictitious job creation efforts. Even worse, the entire thing was coordinated by Warren’s former chief of staff, who is now working as an unregistered lobbyist for Uber.

“Warren allowed all this to happen, despite the fact Uber is a troubled company, known for mistreating workers,” Barnhart said. “The city has a responsibility to monitor Uber’s conduct. We need strong rules in place to ensure the interests of citizens come before corporations and the mayor’s self-promotion.”

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