From the Philadelphia Inquirer "Ethics Board efficacy questioned The panel, rounding out its first year, serves mostly at the mayor's mercy. By Marcia Gelbart Inquirer Staff Writer After almost a year of guiding city employees on what's right and what's wrong, Mayor Street's Board of Ethics still struggles against criticism that it is beholden to his works and wishes. The advisory board gets a check mark for reviewing 3,302 financial-disclosure statements filed by city employees; educating 137 cabinet members, department heads and their deputies on what's ethical; and readying a Web site with a top-10 list of what every city employee should know about ethics. But in spite of its actions, it functions largely at the mercy of the mayor, who has let a vacant seat on the five-member board go unfilled for seven months. Moreover, the Rev. James Allen said in July that he had resigned from the board, so now two of the seats are empty." Full Article - http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/12279823.htm Two board members missing, one employee and a $330,000 a year budget? For what? Your town have these issues as well?