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05-02 04/07/05 Post-City Service A former City official in the Office of the City Attorney, now self-employed as an attorney in private practice, may not attempt to influence his former office or the City Attorney for one year after leaving City service, nor any matter in which he had "personal and substantial" involvement while working for the Office of the City Attorney. Kracov LAMC §§ 48.02, 49.5.11, 49.5.2, 49.5.3.

05-01 02/04/05 Post-City Service A former City official in a Council office, now employed by a City employee representative unit, may not attempt to influence her former office or the Councilmember of that district for one year after leaving City service, nor any matter in which she had a "personal and substantial" involvement while working for the Council office. Delugach LAMC §§ 48.02, 49.5.11, 49.5.2, 49.5.3.

04-13 12/02/04 Post-City Service A former City official with the Community Development Department may advise entities developing real estate in the greater LA area about the City's loan application process. The former official may also assist in the recruitment and training aspects of a college employment-training program. Williams LAMC §§ 48.02, 49.5.11, 49.5.2, 49.5.3.

04-12 11/24/04 Commissioner Fundraising A member of the Board of Directors of the Municipal Improvement Corporation of Los Angeles (MICLA) cannot engage in campaign contribution solicitation and delivery activities that City law prohibits any person from conducting. Because references to a "board or commission" do not extend to the MICLA, a Board members can, however, solicit, direct, or receive contributions from parties with matters pending before them and engage in fundraising activities. Fujioka (MICLA) 2 Cal. Code of Regs. § 18215(a)(1).

Cal. Gov't Code §§ 82015.2, 82015(a).

LAMC § 49.7.8.

04-11 08/26/04 Officeholder Account A Councilmember may use officeholder funds up to the amount of remaining 2001 campaign funds that were transferred to pay for unpaid payroll taxes associated with her 2001 election. Kaufman (Hahn) LAMC § 49.7.12.

04-10 06/15/04 Commissioner Fundraising A law firm at which a City commissioner is a partner is prohibiting from issuing fundraising solicitations on firm letterhead if the letterhead contains the commissioner's name, but the firm is not prohibited from hosting, and the commissioner is not prohibited from attending, fundraising events. Sutton Cal. Gov't Code § 82015(a).

LAMC §§ 49.5.5, 49.7.8.

04-09 06/10/04 Lobbying Ordinance Compensated attempts to influence Neighborhood Council Governing Boards count toward the registration thresholds and quarterly reporting requirements of the Municipal Lobbying Ordinance. Sutton Cal. Gov't Code § 82048.

LAMC §§ 48.02, 48.07, 48.08.

04-08 05/18/04 Post-City Service A former City Councilmember is not prohibited from lobbying City agencies under the "personal and substantial" or one-year ban because he is not being compensated for his efforts. Smith (Bernson) LAMC §§ 49.5.11, 49.5.12, 49.5.3.

04-07 05/01/04 Post-City Service A former City official with the Office of the Mayor is not prohibited from lobbying City Councilmembers on budget matters under the "personal and substantial" ban, but is prohibited under the one-year ban from lobbying the Office of the Mayor until the cooling off period expires. Siegel LAMC §§ 49.5.11, 49.5.12, 49.5.3.

04-06 04/23/04 Commissioner Charitable Fundraising A City commissioner is not restricted from soliciting donations to a 501(c)(3) organization. Baca-Sigala LAMC §§ 49.5.5, 49.7.8.

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