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San Mateo City Charter.

9.02 Prohibitions.

(a) Activities Prohibited:

1. No person shall be appointed to or removed from, or in any way favored or discriminated against with respect to any city position or appointive city administrative office on account of any matter that constitutes employment discrimination in state or federal law.

2. No person shall willfully make any false statement, certificate, mark, rating or report in regard to any test, certification, or appointment under the personnel provisions of this Charter, or ordinances relating to personnel, or rules and regulations made thereunder, or in any manner commit or attempt to commit any fraud preventing the impartial execution of such provisions, rules and regulations.

3. No person who seeks appointment or promotion with respect to any city appointive position or appointive city office shall directly or indirectly give, render or pay any money, service or other valuable thing to any person for or in connection with his/her test, appointment, proposed appointment, promotion or proposed promotion.

4. No city officer or employee shall grant special consideration, treatment, advantages, or use of city-owned property to himself/herself or any citizen beyond that which is available to every other citizen, nor shall any city officer or employee charge or collect any fee, commission or percentage by way of compensation to himself/herself.

(b) Penalties: Any person who alone or with others willfully violates any of the foregoing provisions of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. Any person convicted under this section shall be ineligible for a period of five years thereafter to hold any office or position with the city, and, if an officer or employee of the city, shall immediately forfeit his office or position.

(c) The council may by ordinance define, prohibit, and provide penalties for substantial conflicts of personal interest of city officers and employees.