Kfar Saba acts to improve councilors' behavior

By MIRIAM BULWAR DAVID-HAY (TRANSLATED)
June 17, 2009 16:42
1 minute read.

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Kfar Saba's city council has decided to set up an ethics committee to keep councilors in line after a series of stormy council meetings over the past six months that have seen councilors shouting at each other and exchanging insults, reports www.mynet.co.il. The notoriously tense council meetings hit a new low last week when a furious shouting match took place between Mayor Yehuda Ben Hamo and councilor Yuval Levy, after which the mayor lodged a complaint with police. According to the report, with council meetings becoming increasingly acrimonious in recent months, the city's Green faction proposed setting up the ethics committee to write up a code of behavior for councilors. Faction members said that while municipal employees had to abide by certain rules of behavior and could be brought before managers for disciplinary measures, city councilors were not governed by the same rules and could not be sent to managers to be disciplined. "This reality has led more than once to arguments and to verbal conflicts that have taken place during council meetings, and has spread more than once to the use of expressions that are not appropriate," the faction said in its proposal. It added that an ethics committee of peers would be a deterrent for misbehaving councilors and would reduce the number of fiery meetings and inappropriate language. The report said the council agreed to set up a committee of three councilors to write up a code of ethics and present it to the next council meeting. Meanwhile, Kfar Saba police chief Shai Azoulay confirmed that police had received a complaint from the mayor and were investigating the matter.

Related Content

JERUSALEM: RESETTLED upon its desolation
December 19, 2010
Vying for control of the Temple Mount – on Foursquare

By SHARON UDASIN