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15-01 05/13/15 Post-City Employment For one year after leaving City service, you may not be compensated to attempt to influence, either personally or through an agent, non-ministerial City action on any matter pending with LAHCID. You are also permanently banned from being compensated to attempt to influence either personally or through an agent, or assist another person attempting to influence, non-ministerial City action on a matter pending with any City agency if you were personally and substantially involved in the matter while employed by the City. In this case, after leaving City service you may submit responses to requests for proposals (RFPs), submit applications for grant funded contracts, or negotiate and execute contracts with the City on behalf of your new employer, as long as you do not violate the restrictions referenced above. You may not misuse or disclose confidential information that you acquired as a result of your City service. Chavez Cal. Gov't Code § 1090.

LAMC §§ 49.5.13, 49.5.2, 49.5.3.

14-02 05/07/14 Post-City Employment For one year after leaving City service, you may not be compensated to attempt to influence, either personally or through an agent, City action on any matter pending with Planning. You are also permanently banned from being compensated to attempt to influence either personally or through an agent, or assist another person attempting to influence, City action on a matter pending with any City agency if you were personally and substantially involved in the matter while employed by the City. These prohibitions do not apply to ministerial actions, such as filing an application on behalf of another person. You may serve on City boards, committees, and commissions. You may not misuse or disclose confidential information that you acquired as a result of your City service. Ahadian LAMC §§ 49.5.13, 49.5.2, 49.5.3.

14-01 04/30/14 Gifts of Travel Because the organization is not a restricted source to you and the seminar is reasonably related to a governmental purpose, you may attend, as long as the travel payments are not intended to influence an official act. The payments must be disclosed as gifts on your next statement of economic interests. If the payments exceed the $440 gift limit, you may be disqualified from participating in a governmental decision that affects the organization during the 12 months following your travel. Rodriguez 2 Cal. Code of Regs. § 18940.2.

Cal. Gov't Code §§ 89503(c), 89506.

LAMC §§ 49.5.2, 49.5.8.

13-08 08/22/13 Post-City Employment For one year after leaving City service, you may not engage in any compensated communications with any City Council office in an attempt to influence matters pending with that office. You are also permanently banned from attempting to influence a matter pending with any City agency if you were personally and substantially involved in the matter while employed by the City. Neither the one-year ban nor the permanent ban would prohibit you from performing under the outreach and planning contract with LACC, because you would not be compensated to attempt to influence City action in matters before your former agency or in matters in which you personally participated as a City official. Sourial LAMC §§ 48.02, 49.5.11, 49.5.2, 49.5.3.

13-07 07/25/13 Legal Defense Fund A candidate for elected City office may establish and maintain an LDF to defray attorney's fees and other legal costs incurred in the candidate's defense to a civil, criminal, or administrative case arising directly out of the conduct of his election campaign. Although LDF funds may only be used to defray the legal fees and costs incurred by the candidate or his committee, this does not prohibit other defendants in the same case from receiving the benefit of LDF funds when they are represented by the same counsel as the candidate, no different or additional arguments are made on behalf of the non-candidate defendants, and no different or additional costs result from the representation of the non-candidate defendants. Turovksy (Feuer) LAMC §§ 49.7.20, 49.7.37.

13-06 06/27/13 Post-City Employment For one year after leaving City service, you may not engage in any compensated communications with GSD in an attempt to influence matters pending with that agency on behalf of another person. You are also permanently banned from attempting to influence, or assisting another person in influencing, a matter pending with any City agency if you were personally and substantially involved in the matter while employed by the City. Because you were not employed by or involved in any work for LADWP, LAHD, or LAWA, you are not prohibited from receiving compensation to attempt to influence those agencies on behalf of another person. In addition, you are not prohibited from socializing with GSD staff or from answering their operational questions, as long as you do not attempt to influence City decisions for compensation when engaging in that type of contact. Finally, the post-employment restrictions do not apply to LAUSD, because it is not a City agency. Desowitz Cal. Gov't Code § 1090.

LAMC §§ 48.02, 49.5.11, 49.5.2, 49.5.3.

13-05 05/14/13 Legal Defense Fund A candidate for elected City office may establish an LDF committee and may lend personal funds of any amount to it, including funds obtained through a loan from a commercial lending institution when the loan is made in the regular course of business and on the same terms available to the public. Loans to a candidate-controlled committee, such as an LDF, must be evidenced by a written agreement that must be filed with the next LDF committee disclosure statement. Other reporting requirements also apply to LDF committees. The LDF may be used solely to defray the candidate's attorney's fees and other legal costs incurred in the defense of a civil or criminal court case or an administrative proceeding arising directly out of the conduct of an election campaign or the electoral process. A candidate may solicit and receive contributions to an LDF of up to $1,000 per person per fiscal year. LDF expenditures do not count toward the voluntary expenditure ceiling for candidates who participate in the public matching funds program. Turovksy (Feuer) LACC §§ 470(c), 470(c)(6), 470(c)(8).

LAMC §§ 49.7.19(D), 49.7.2, 49.7.20, 49.7.21, 49.7.37, 49.7.9.

13-03 04/17/13 Contribution Limits Because PAC qualifies as a sponsored committee of Holland & Knight LLP (Firm), their contributions must be aggregated and cannot exceed the lowest permissible contribution amount for either PAC or Firm. As a registered lobbying firm with the City, Firm is prohibited from making monetary contributions to candidates for elective City office. Therefore, the aggregated contribution limit for both PAC and Firm is zero dollars. Levine Cal. Gov't Code § 82048.7.

LAAC § 24.1.1(f)(2)(I)(i).

LACC §§ 470, 705(b).

LAMC §§ 49.7.3, 49.7.4.

13-04 04/16/13 Outside Earned Income Receiving outside earned income from a restricted source is inconsistent with, incompatible with, in conflict with, or inimical to your City duties when performing work for that source could appear to involve the use of public time for private gain or when that source employs contract lobbyists to lobby your agency on its behalf. Doten LAMC §§ 49.5.2, 49.5.3, 49.5.5, 49.5.9.

13-02 03/19/13 Post-City Employment For one year after leaving City service, you may not engage in any compensated communications with a City Council office in an attempt to influence matters pending with that office. You are also permanently banned from attempting to influence a matter pending with any City agency if you were personally and substantially involved in the matter while employed by the City. In this case, these provisions do not apply to your possible employment with Tetra Tech, because you will not be attempting to influence City decisions and you will not be involved in matters that were pending before you as a City official. Sourial Cal. Gov't Code § 1090.

LAMC §§ 48.02, 49.5.11, 49.5.2, 49.5.3.

13-01 03/07/13 Post-City Employment For one year after leaving City service, you may not engage in any compensated communications with the Mayor's office in an attempt to influence any matters pending with that office. You are also permanently banned from receiving compensation for attempting to influence, or assisting another person in an attempt to influence, a matter pending with any City agency if you were personally and substantially involved in the same matter while employed by the City. In this case, you may respond to RFPs that do not pertain to projects in which you were personally and substantially involved during your City employment. You may not use or disclose confidential information gained during your City service for pecuniary gain or personal advantage. Perez LAMC §§ 48.02, 49.5.11, 49.5.2, 49.5.3.

12-01 08/28/12 Post-City Employment Former City officials are subject to a time-based restriction on lobbying the City, as well as a permanent ban on lobbying the City in matters in which they were personally and substantially involved. Former City officials are also prohibited from disclosing any confidential information acquired during City service for personal gain. Trotta LAMC §§ 48.02, 49.5.11, 49.5.2, 49.5.3.

11-06 12/16/11 Contribution Limits A PAC sponsored by a lobbying firm may generally make contributions to City candidates up to the maximum amount allowed by the Charter. However, the PAC's and sponsor's contributions will be combined and considered to be made by one person for the purposes of the Charter's contribution limits. Levine Cal. Gov't Code § 82048.7.

LACC §§ 470(c)(11), 470(c)(3), 470(c)(4), 470(c)(6).

LAMC §§ 49.7.2, 49.7.2(B).

11-05 11/15/11 Post-City Employment Former City officials are subject to a time-based restriction on lobbying the City, as well as a permanent ban on lobbying the City in matters in which they were personally and substantially involved. Former City officials are also prohibited from disclosing any confidential information acquired during City service for personal gain. Foley LAMC §§ 48.02, 49.5.11, 49.5.2, 49.5.3.

11-04 10/27/11 Post-City Employment Former City officials are subject to a time-based restriction on lobbying the City, as well as a permanent ban on lobbying the City in matters in which they were personally and substantially involved. Former City officials are also prohibited from disclosing any confidential information acquired during City service for personal gain. Isaacs LAMC §§ 48.02, 49.5.11, 49.5.2, 49.5.3.

11-03 03/07/11 Post-City Employment Former City officials are subject to a time-based restriction on lobbying the City, as well as a permanent ban on lobbying the City in matters in which they were personally and substantially involved. Former City officials are also prohibited from disclosing any confidential information acquired during City service for personal gain. Benbow LAMC §§ 48.02, 49.5.11, 49.5.2, 49.5.3.

11-02 02/24/11 Outside Employment Receiving outside earned income from a source that administers a program a City official oversees for the City would be inconsistent, incompatible, or in conflict with or inimical to the official's City duties, because the official is in a position to make, participate in, or influence a City decision that could foreseeably have a material financial effect on that source. In addition, City officials may not engage in outside employment during hours for which they are paid to engage in City business; and cannot use their City position or confidential City information for private gain. Sloss LAMC §§ 49.5.1, 49.5.2, 49.5.3, 49.5.5, 49.5.9.

11-01 02/04/11 Post-City Employment Former City officials are subject to a time-based restriction on lobbying the City, as well as a permanent ban on lobbying the City in matters in which they were personally and substantially involved for as long as the matter is still pending with the City, the City is a party to the matter, or the City has a substantial interest in the matter. Former City officials are also prohibited from using or disclosing confidential information acquired during City service for personal gain. Chappell LAMC §§ 48.02, 49.5.11, 49.5.2, 49.5.3.

10-04 10/19/10 Post-City Employment Former City officials are subject to a time-based restriction on lobbying the City, as well as a permanent ban on lobbying the City in matters in which they were personally and substantially involved. The bans do not apply when the officials are employed by a government entity and are solely representing that entity in an official capacity. Former City officials are also prohibited from using or disclosing confidential information acquired during City service for personal gain. Willis LAMC §§ 48.02, 49.5.11, 49.5.2, 49.5.3.

10-03 09/10/10 Post-election fundraising window A candidate for City office and the candidate's controlled committee may not engage in fundraising more than nine months after the date of the election at which the candidate seeks office. Durkee (Krekorian) LAMC §§ 49.7.7(A), 49.7.7(B).

10-02 08/20/10 Outside Employment A full-time City official must receive prior written approval for outside earned income from the official's general manager and, if the source of income is a restricted source, from the Ethics Commission. City employees may not engage in outside employment during hours for which they are paid to engage in City business, and they may not use their City positions or confidential City information for private gain. Drischler LAMC §§ 49.5.2, 49.5.3, 49.5.5(A), 49.5.5(C), 49.5.9(B).

10-01 06/17/10 Post-City Employment Former City officials are subject to a time-based restriction on lobbying the City, as well as a permanent ban on lobbying the City in matters in which they were personally and substantially involved. Former City officials are also prohibited from using or disclosing any confidential information acquired during City service for personal gain. Jackson LAMC §§ 48.02, 49.5.11, 49.5.2, 49.5.3.

09-06 12/18/09 Outside Employment Full-time City officials may not accept outside earned income if receipt of that income would be inconsistent, incompatible, or in conflict with or inimical to the City official's official duties, functions, or responsibilities. City employees may not engage in outside employment during hours for which they are paid to engage in City business and may not use their City positions or confidential City information for private gain. Although outside income from a government agency may not be restricted by the GEO, it could create appearance issues that require a City official to refrain from participating in matters involving the outside employer. The City Attorney's office should be consulted before participating in such matters. Daniels Cal. Gov't Code § 82030(b)(2).

LACC § 222.

LAMC §§ 49.5.2, 49.5.3, 49.5.5, 49.5.9.

09-05 10/23/09 Post-City Employment Former City officials are subject to a time-based restriction on lobbying the City, as well as a permanent ban on lobbying the City in matters in which they were personally and substantially involved. Former City officials are also prohibited from disclosing any confidential information acquired during City service for personal gain. Benbow LAMC §§ 48.02, 49.5.11, 49.5.2, 49.5.3.

09-04 09/18/09 Post-City Employment Former City officials are subject to a time-based restriction on lobbying the City, as well as a permanent ban on lobbying the City (and assisting others in lobbying) regarding matters in which they were personally and substantially involved. Former City officials are also prohibited from disclosing any confidential information acquired during City service for personal gain. Tonsich Cal. Gov't Code § 81000 et seq..

LAMC §§ 48.02, 49.5.11, 49.5.2, 49.5.3, 49.5.6, 49.5.7.

09-03 03/25/09 Post-City Employment Former City officials are subject to a time-based restriction on lobbying the City, as well as a permanent ban on lobbying the City in matters in which they were personally and substantially involved. Former City officials are also prohibited from disclosing any confidential information acquired during City service for personal gain. Gonzalez LAMC §§ 48.02, 49.5.11, 49.5.2, 49.5.3, 49.5.6, 49.5.7.

09-02 02/12/09 Gifts from Lobbying Firm A lobbying firm may not give a gift of any value for a City official for whom the lobbying firm is a restricted source. However, informational materials that are exclusively for official use and are valued at less than $250 are not considered gifts. Psomas (Miller) 2 Cal. Code of Regs. § 18942.1.

Cal. Gov't Code § 82028.

LAMC §§ 49.5.10(A), 49.5.2, 49.5.6, 49.5.7.

09-01 02/10/09 Post-City Employment Former City officials are subject to a time-based restriction on lobbying the City, as well as a permanent ban on lobbying the City in matters in which they were personally and substantially involved. Former City officials are also prohibited from disclosing any confidential information acquired during City service for personal gain. Jones LAMC §§ 48.02, 49.5.11, 49.5.2, 49.5.3, 49.5.6, 49.5.7.

08-10 11/04/08 Gifts of Travel Under City law, a City official may accept payments for travel expenses, as long as the source is not a restricted source, which could include a lobbying entity, and the payments are not intended to influence an official act. State law does not prohibit or limit a City official's ability to accept payments for travel expenses (including transportation, lodging, and subsistence) from a 501(c)(3) organization, as long as the travel is reasonably related to a legislative or governmental purpose or to an issue of state, national, or international public policy. However, the gift must be disclosed on the official's next statement of economic interests. Barry 2 Cal. Code of Regs. §§ 18940.2, 18950.2.

Cal. Gov't Code §§ 89503(a), 89506.

LAMC §§ 49.5.10, 49.5.2.

08-09 10/31/08 Lobbyist Registration Land use consultants compensated to advocacte for clients in administrative settings and at public hearings must register as a lobbyist if, in a three-month period, the consultant engages in 30 or more hours of lobbying activity that includes at least one direct communication with a City official. Bradley LAMC §§ 48.01(B)(2), 48.02.

08-07 09/24/08 Post-CRA Employment Former CRA officials are subject to a time-based restriction on lobbying the CRA, as well as a ban on lobbying on matters in which they were personally and substantially involved, as long as that matter is still pending. Khan CRA Code §§ II, XI, XV.

LAAC § 24.1.1(f)(2)(K).

LACC § 705.

LAMC § 49.5.19(G)(2).

08-06 09/12/08 Lobbyist Consulting The City's ethics laws do not prohibit a lobbyist from contracting with the City, even when the lobbyist has a client who could be affected by the lobbyist's contract work. However, there may be conflict-of-interests concerns for both the lobbyist and the City, which should be addressed to the City Attorney's office. Oschin Cal. Gov't Code §§ 1090, 87100.

LACC § 222(a).

LAMC §§ 48.02, 48.04, 48.07, 48.08, 49.5.16, 49.5.2.

08-04 05/15/08 Financial Disclosure High-level filers are not required to report the separate income of their spouses on CEC Form 10, unless it is income (including gifts and loans) received from a restricted source. To be considered not reportable, separate income must be maintained in a separate account, the separate income may not be commingled with community funds or used to pay for community expenses, and community efforts may not be used to produce or enhance the separate income. High-level filers are not required to report on CEC Form 10 the investments and the interests in real property that are valued at $2,000 or more and are held by their spouses. Alarcon 2 Cal. Code of Regs. § 18229.

Cal. Gov't Code §§ 81002(c), 82029, 82030(a), 82033, 82034.

LAMC §§ 49.5.2, 49.5.6(C).

08-03 05/08/08 Exploratory Campaign Activities An individual may conduct a poll or survey that meets specific criteria and purchase precinct sheets without qualifying as a candidate for elective City office. An individual does qualify as a candidate for elective City office by participating in a neighborhood meeting--or engaging in any other activity--that provides information to voters about the individual or refers to the individual's potential future candidacy. State and City laws govern the contributions received by, the expenditures made by, and the reporting required of candidates for elective City office. Turovsky (Neumann) 2 Cal. Code of Regs. §§ 18215, 18225.7(a), 18225(a).

Cal. Gov't Code §§ 82007, 82015, 82025, 84200, 84200.5, 84211, 85200.

LACC §§ 470, 471(b).

LAMC §§ 49.7.1.1, 49.7.11, 49.7.13, 49.7.15, 49.7.19, 49.7.26.1, 49.7.6, 49.7.7(A).

08-02 03/06/08 Outside Employment An employee who does not file statements of economic interests is not a city official under the Governmental Ethics Ordinance and is not required to obtain prior written approval for outside employment. Fields (Allen) LAMC §§ 49.5.3, 49.5.5, 49.5.9.

07-07 01/17/08 Post-City Employment Former city officials are subject to a time-based restriction on lobbying the City, as well as a permanent ban on lobbying in matters in which they were personally and substantially involved. Manocchio LAMC §§ 48.02, 49.5.11, 49.5.2, 49.5.3.

07-06 12/17/07 Letter to City residents The City's governmental ethics laws do not regulate a neighborhood council member who sends a letter to City residents to discuss the accomplishments of homeowner associations and neighborhood councils, if the neighborhood council member is not a candidate for elective City office and the letter does not advocate for a particular result in a City election. Vahedi 2 Cal. Code of Regs. § 18701(a)(1).

Cal. Gov't Code §§ 81001(b), 82007.

LACC § 470(c).

LAMC §§ 48.02, 48.08(A)(2), 49.7.1.1, 49.7.11(C), 49.7.26, 49.7.26.1, 49.7.26.2, 49.7.26.3.

07-04 11/30/07 Disgorgement of laundered contributions State law permits the returning of laundered funds to state and city general funds, and city law does not prohibit the disgorgement of funds to the state in response to a state action. Turovsky (Weiss) Cal. Gov't Code §§ 84301, 85701.

LACC §§ 470(c)(9), 470(k).

LAMC §§ 49.7.12, 49.7.7.

07-05 11/14/07 Post-City Employment Former high-level city officials are subject to a time-based restriction on lobbying the City, as well as a permanent ban on lobbying in matters in which they were personally and substantially involved. Gutierrez LAMC §§ 48.02, 49.5.1, 49.5.11, 49.5.2, 49.5.3.

07-03 10/09/07 Post-City Employment Former city officials are subject to a time-based restriction on lobbying the City, as well as a permanent ban on lobbying in matters in which they were personally and substantially involved. Brown LAMC §§ 48.02, 49.5.11, 49.5.2, 49.5.3.

07-02 09/11/07 Outside Earned Income A city official may not receive outside earned income from an entity if the official is in a position to make or influence governmental decisions that could foreseeably have a material financial effect on the entity. De Foor LAMC §§ 49.5.2, 49.5.5, 49.5.9(B).

07-01 06/14/07 Contribution Limits Contribution limits apply to candidate-controlled committees and non-candidate controlled committees formed to support or oppose a candidate in connection with a recall effort. Turovsky (Weiss) 2 Cal. Code of Regs. § 18531.5.

Cal. Const. art. XI §§ 3(a), 5(a), 5(b).

Cal. Gov't Code §§ 82007, 82047.

LACC §§ 430, 431, 432, 433, 434, 435, 437, 470.

LAMC §§ 436, 49.7.1.1, 49.7.10.

06-05 08/18/06 Gifts; contribution limits; officeholder expense funds Gifts to the City that are solicited or accepted by the Mayor for deposit into City trust funds are not subject to the contribution limits for officeholder expense funds. Freeman (Villaraigosa) LAMC §§ 48.02, 49.5.11, 49.5.2, 49.5.3.

06-04 08/11/06 Officeholder account; travel expenditures A Councilmember may use his officeholder account to pay for travel expenses made during a blackout period if the expenditure is similar to one made in conjunction with a tax-exempt IRC 501(c)(3) organization. Downing (Smith) IRC § 510(c)(3).

LAMC §§ 49.7.12(A)(2)(g), 49.7.12(A)(2)(w).

06-03 05/16/06 Post-City service; conflict of interest code A former City official may engage as a community organizer and outreach professional, provided that he complies with the one-year ban on lobbying his former employer and staff and the permanent ban on influencing any pending matter with which he had personal and substantial involvement. Valdivia LAMC §§ 48.02, 49.5.11, 49.5.2, 49.5.3.

06-02 04/20/06 Gifts of travel; gifts to an agency A registered lobbyist employer may provide travel expenses in connection with a trip to France to City officials provided that the payment is made as a "gift to an agency," rather than a gift to an individual. Gastelum 2 Cal. Code of Regs. § 18944.2.

LACC § CAO Rule 6.

LAMC §§ 49.5.10(B), 49.5.2.

06-01 02/03/06 Outside Employment A High Level City Official may accept outside employment with USC because it is not in conflict or inconsistent with her City duties. Shaw LAMC §§ 49.5.2, 49.5.9.

05-05 10/18/05 Reopening a terminated campaign committee; Officeholder Account; Legal Defense Fund An elected official may reopen a terminated 2001 campaign committee to raise funds to pay for legal costs arising from an administrative enforcement matter, provided the committee is re-designated as a Legal Defense Fund. Alternatively, a Legal Defense Fund may be established in connection with the Councilmember's Officeholder Account to pay for the legal costs. Wasson (Weiss) 2 Cal. Code of Regs. § 18404.1(i)(3).

LACC § 470(c)(9).

LAMC §§ 49.7.12, 49.7.7(B).

05-04 06/22/05 Use of Position/Authority; Commissioner Fundraising City law does not prevent a Public Works Board member from soliciting donations in support of charitable community initiatives, provided that no City resources are used in connection with the solicitation and that donations are solicited from a broad range of sources to avoid any misperception that the Board member is misusing her position or authority for the benefit of the initiatives. Shaw 2 Cal. Code of Regs. § 18215(a)(1).

Cal. Gov't Code §§ 82015, 82015.2, 82015(a).

LAMC §§ 49.5.2, 49.7.8.

05-03 05/31/05 Officeholder Account A Councilmember may use his officeholder account to make a one-time donation to the Station Fund, a 501(c)(7) organization, of a new police station in his district for the purpose of purchasing supplies and equipment for use by the police officers of that station. Smith LAMC §§ 49.7.12(A)(2)(b), 49.7.12(A)(2)(w).

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.

04-05 04/20/04 Post-City Service A former High-level City official is not prohibited by post-City service restrictions in her work on behalf of a City subcontractor. Waade LAMC §§ 49.5.11, 49.5.12.

04-04 04/12/04 Outside Employment (Follow-up to CEC Advice No. 2004-02) A High Level City Official may engage in outside employment while on City vacation time and may also have volunteer guests from City government address the class as long as the appearance remains voluntary. Shaw LAMC §§ 49.5.5, 49.5.9.

04-03 04/01/04 Outside Employment A City employee who is not a City official is not prohibited by the Governmental Ethics Ordinance from accepting part-time outside employment . Kaufman LAMC §§ 49.5.2, 49.5.5, 49.5.9.

04-02 03/16/04 Outside Employment A High Level City Official may accept outside employment with USC because it is not in conflict or inconsistent with her City duties. Shaw LAMC §§ 49.5.2, 49.5.9.

04-01 02/03/04 Officeholder Account The Mayor may use officeholder funds to pay to attend the Academy Awards, GRAMMY Awards, and NBA-All Star Game, subject to the limitations of the "black-out period" for officeholder expenditures. Sella (Hahn) LAMC §§ 49.7.12(A)(2)(f), 49.7.12(A)(7)(a).

03-09 12/15/03 Post-City Service Restrictions A former member of the Board of Transportation Commissioners is not subject to the 'personal and substantial ban' as it applies to his representing a traffic signal manufacturer, whom he would like to represent before the City. Jelloian LAMC §§ 49.5.11(A), 49.5.11(B), 49.5.11(E), 49.5.2, 49.5.3.

03-08 11/13/03 Post-City Service Restrictions; rescinding of CEC #03-07 A former City official is subject to the post-City service bans of the Governmental Ethics Ordinance, even though his term of service with the City was only six months. Goldman LAMC §§ 49.5.11(A), 49.5.11(B), 49.5.11(E), 49.5.2, 49.5.3.

03-06 10/17/03 Gift Restrictions and Reporting Mayor Hahn may accept the gift of a ticket to the opening of the Walt Disney Concert Hall because the ticket is for a fundraising event for a charitable 501 (c)(3) organization and therefore, is deemed to have no value pursuant to state law. Sella (Hahn) 2 Cal. Code of Regs. § 18946.4.

LAMC § 49.5.2.

03-05 09/30/03 Aggregation of Contributions Contributions to City candidates made by AT&T Broadband prior to its merger with Comcast do not affect Comcast's ability to make contributions to that same candidate in that same election subsequent to the merger, but do affect AT&T Corporation's ability to make contributions to that same candidate in that same election subsequent to the merger, since AT&T Corporation and AT&T Broadband were required to aggregate their contributions prior to the merger. Sutton LACC §§ 470(c)(3), 470(c)(4), 470(c)(5).

LAMC § 49.7.2.

03-04 09/03/03 Officeholder Account The CEC cannot advise on allowable uses of Officeholder funds by a former Councilmember because the officeholder account provisions of the Campaign Finance Ordinance do not apply to him, he is no longer an elected City official or a candidate for elective City office. Howard (Bernson) LAMC § 49.7.12.

03-03 08/06/03 Use of Position/Authority City law does not prevent a Councilmember from soliciting donations on behalf of a 501(c)(3) charitable organization in connection with a City-sponsored event, provided that no City resources are used in connection with the solicitation. Perry LAMC §§ 49.5.2, 49.5.5.

03-02 06/11/03 Officeholder Account A City Councilmember may expend funds from her Officeholder Account to pay for a reception to express appreciation to staff and others with whom she has communicated over the years in her official capacity, given that the cost will be less than $100 per person. Tennant (Galanter) LAMC §§ 49.7.12(A)(2)(q), 49.7.12(A)(2)(t), 49.7.12(A)(2)(w).

03-01 03/13/03 Assumed Name Contributions Congressman Xavier Becerra and the "Becerra for Mayor" committee are required to repay to the General Fund contributions received by the committee made under assumed names, and repay to the Matching Funds Trust Fund matching funds received for some of those contributions. The true source of the contributions was Mattel, Inc. (See CEC Cases 2001-18-A, B, and C). Steele (Becerra) LAAC §§ 24.5(k), 24.5(n)(1), 24.5(n)(3).

LACC § 470(k).

LAMC § 49.7.20(A).

02-15 11/01/02 Post-City Service. A City employee is prohibited from responding to assisting his new employer with responding to a Request for Proposals released by a City contractor at the behest of the Department of Transportation, which is his employer. City law does not prohibit employee from working to fulfill a sub-contract with a City contractor provided the sub-contract is awarded to his employer. (Withdrawal and change of advice given in Advice Letter #02-13) Cannistraci LAMC §§ 49.5.11, 49.5.12.

02-14 10/30/02 Return of Campaign Contribution A City Councilmember may make an expenditure to return a contribution to his general election campaign committee because that committee remains active. Zine 2 Cal. Code of Regs. § 18225(a)(2)(B).

LACC § 470(g).

02-13 10/17/02 Post-City Service Restrictions The one-year ban on communicating with a City employee's former agency does not apply to an employee whose former position was not designated on his department's Conflict of Interest Code as a City official required to file a Statement of Economic Interests. City law does prohibit that employee, however, from engaging in post City-service employment in which his responsibilities would include attempting to influence any action or decision on any pending matter in which he was "personally and substantially" involved while employed with the Department of Transportation. Cannistraci LAMC § 49.5.11.

02-12 10/04/02 Officeholder Account Funds The Controller may not use officeholder funds to return a contribution made to her terminated campaign committee, received when the committee was still active. Chick LAMC § 49.7.12.

02-11 09/25/02 Post-City Service Restrictions A former City official may not, on behalf of his company, assist in the preparation of a response to a RFP published by his former Department, or in any other way to attempt to secure the contract, because he had personal and substantial involvement on the subject of the RFP while working for the City. Sones LAMC §§ 48.02, 49.5.11, 49.5.12, 49.5.3.

02-10 09/24/02 Officeholder account/Legal Defense Fund A Legal Defense expenditure, such as a payment to the Office of the City Attorney for copying and transcription fees associated with an administrative proceeding against a City Officeholder, should be paid from the officeholder committee bank account, by means of an officeholder account check using funds raised for Legal Defense purposes. Holden LAMC §§ 49.7.12(B)(1), 49.7.12(B)(2), 49.7.12(B)(3), 49.7.12(B)(4), 49.7.12(B)(5), 49.7.12(B)(6), 49.7.12(C).

02-09 09/11/02 Officeholder Account A Councilmember may use her officeholder account to provide funds to her District's neighborhood councils for the purpose of purchasing office supplies and paying for operational expenses such as telephone service. Kaufman (Hahn, Janice) LAMC §§ 49.7.12(A)(2)(b), 49.7.12(A)(2)(w).

02-08 08/15/02 Campaign Finance A candidate for City Council may not: 1) re-designate or transfer contributions solicited and accepted in connection with the CD 8 election to his campaign account for the CD 10 election; 2) re-designate contributions via his contributors' authorizing the re-designation of their contributions to his CD 8 campaign to the candidate's CD 10 campaign; 3) maintain the committee name and bank account established in connection with his CD 8 campaign. Gould (Wright) 2 Cal. Code of Regs. §§ 18404, 18521.

LACC §§ 470(a), 470(c)(1), 470(c)(6), 470(c)(9), 470(g).

LAMC § 49.7.4.

02-07 06/21/02 Officeholder Account A Councilmember may use her officeholder account to pay an invoice for buses used to transport constituents to City Hall in connection with a discussion on redistricting at the June 11, 2002 Council meeting. Kaufman (Perry) LAMC §§ 49.7.12(r), 49.7.12(w).

02-06 06/12/02 Post-City Service A former City official in a Council office, now employed by a registered municipal lobbying firm, may not attempt to influence their former office or the Councilmember of that district for one year after leaving City service. Bautista LAMC §§ 49.5.11, 49.5.12, 49.5.3.

02-05 05/17/02 Officeholder Account A Councilmember may use his officeholder account to pay a graduate student for consulting and research services relating to the City's preparedness for a bio-terrorist attack.. Jaffe (Weiss) LAMC § 49.7.12(A)(3)(c).

02-04 05/17/02 Campaign Finance A candidate who ran for City Council in 1991 and has outstanding campaign debt from that election is not required to request an extension of the City's fundraising window. Gould (Wright) LAMC §§ 49.7.31, 49.7.7.

02-03 04/09/02 Post-City Service A former City official in the Mayor's Office may not attempt to influence his former office for one year after the date the official leaves office if he accepts a position with a City contractor, and the "Personal and Substantial" ban does not apply to the official. Marin LAMC §§ 49.5.11, 49.5.12.

02-02 02/14/02 Officeholder Account A Councilmember may use his officeholder account to make a donation to a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Jaffe (Weiss) LAMC § 49.7.12(A)(2)(i).

02-01 01/04/02 Officeholder Account A Councilmember may use his officeholder account to pay for an honorarium to secure the speaking services of an expert to address the Terrorism Early Warning Group. Jaffe (Weiss) LAMC § 49.7.12(A)(2)(r).

01-21 12/31/01 Post-City Service Lobbying A Council staff member may work for a consulting firm on a contract for the City, including communications with his former Council office, because employment was offered after the firm had any issues pending before the employee and with the provision that the communications do not involve issues outside the scope of the contract. Fitzgerald LAMC §§ 49.5.11, 49.5.12.

01-20 12/21/01 Officeholder Account A Council member may use his officeholder account to make a donation to a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Waltz (Zine) LAMC § 49.7.12(A)(2)(i).

01-19 12/11/01 Gift Restrictions - High Level and regular City officials High Level and designated City officials of a Council office may accept a gift of a ride and refreshments served on the Metrolink Holiday Toy Express and are not required to purchase their tickets unless accepting the gift(s) would exceed their limit from the source of the tickets (Metrolink). Waltz (Zine) 2 Cal. Code of Regs. §§ 18946, 18946.1(a).

Cal. Gov't Code §§ 89503(c), 89503(f).

LAMC § 49.5.10.

01-18 11/01/01 Post-City Service Lobbying A former City official does not have "personal and substantial" involvement in an issue involving a business because he simply referred the matter to another employee, even though he was working with that business on a separate and unrelated matter. Steinberg LAMC § 49.5.11.

01-17 10/31/01 Post-City Service Lobbying A former Council staff member may provide consulting services for new projects in her former Council district that she had no involvement with during her tenure with her former office or the Councilmember of that district for the purpose of attempting to influence any City matter during the one year following her departure from City employment. Ventura LAMC § 49.5.11.

01-15 10/17/01 Officeholder Account A City Councilmember may host a holiday event for constituents and supporters and pay for all expenses associated with that event out of her Officeholder Account since part of the time will be spent on City issues. Kaufman (Perry) LAMC § 49.7.12(A)(2)(r).

01-14 09/17/01 Post-City Service A former Mayoral staff member may provide consulting services relating to Genesis LA or other projects as she was not a City official nor did she have personal and substantial participation in the projects. Newman LAMC § 49.5.11.

01-13 08/27/01 Officeholder Account A City Councilmember may expend funds from his Officeholder Account to pay for a reception to express appreciation to staff and others with whom he has communicated over the years in his or her official capacity, given that the cost will be less than $100 per person. Wachs LAMC §§ 49.7.12(A)(2)(q), 49.7.12(A)(2)(t).

01-12 08/17/01 Post-City Service Lobbying A former City official may, on behalf of his company, submit a response to a RFP published by his former Department, since it is not an "attempt to influence" a City action and he had no personal and substantial involvement with the subject of the RFP. Sherburn LAMC § 49.5.11.

01-11 08/11/01 Post-City Service Lobbying A former Council staff member may participate in discussions with the City's Information Technology Agency regarding audit questions for a cable franchise given that he was not personally and substantially involved in that issue. Leavenworth LAMC § 49.5.11.

01-10 08/01/01 Post-City Service Lobbying A former DWP official may provide consulting services on the Sylmar Reconstruction Project since the project involves replacing equipment for which he had no responsibilities and therefore was not personally and substantially involved in the current project. Shockley LAMC § 49.5.11.

01-09 07/11/01 Post City Service Lobbying A former Public Works employee may create a new business that will facilitate access by transportation companies to transportation routes provided she was not personally and substantially involved in a specific matter affecting specific parties or groups of persons. Moon LAMC § 49.5.11.

01-08 06/22/01 Campaign Expenditure Transitional and inaugural expenses are not "qualified campaign expenditures" subject to the spending limit. Kaufman (Perry) LAMC § 49.7.13(F).

01-07 05/25/01 Post City-Service Lobbying A former Recreation Center Director who is not a designated filer, may, in his new business, work with recreation centers in administrative tasks provided that he does not have substantive discussions regarding matters in which he had personal and substantial involvement. Perlmutter LAMC § 49.5.11.

01-03 02/06/01 Post City-Service Lobbying A former city official may represent an owner before his former Department after one year on a matter he had contact about as he was not personally and substantially involved. McDonnell LAMC § 49.5.11.

01-04 02/05/01 Post City-Service Lobbying A representative of a former high-level official's new employer may not bring up the former official's name when speaking with City agencies if that person is acting as an "agent" for the former official. Burnett LAMC §§ 49.5.11, 49.5.2.

01-02 01/31/01 Outside Earned Income A candidate, if elected, may not accept any compensation for preparing tax returns, financial statements, or serving as trustee of an estate. Additionally, he may not get paid specifically for providing management services relating to residential real estate that he owns. He is not required to relinquish control of management of real estate that he owns. Viereck LACC § 218.

LAMC § 49.5.9(a).

00-15 01/29/01 Post-City Service Lobbying A former Assistant Deputy Mayor is subject to the personal and substantial ban on participating in matters concerning the Genesis LA project, absent additional facts that may warrant an exception. Additionally, she may not communicate with the Office of the Mayor for the purpose of influencing action on a matter for one year following her official termination of employment. Halbert LAMC §§ 49.5.11, 49.5.12.

01-01 01/16/01 Contribution Limits Contributions from local chapters of a national organization are not aggregated since each local chapter raises and expends funds independently. Hirshberg LACC § 470(c)(3).

LAMC § 49.7.2.

00-14 12/12/00 Post-City Service Lobbying Application of post-City service lobbying restrictions to a designated "high-level" official seeking to act as a marketing consultant for a firm that will attempt to sell a software product to the City. Burnett LAMC §§ 49.5.11, 49.5.12.

00-12 11/14/00 Lobbying Registration requirements of the City's Lobbying Ordinance regarding contact with City officials to propose a new investment for City employees' pension funds. Canup LAMC § 48.01 et seq..

00-11 11/01/00 Officeholder Account A Councilmember may use his officeholder account funds to make an expenditure for a radio advertisement that encourages citizens to vote for the Gore-Lieberman ticket in the November 2000 General Election. Holden LAMC § 49.7.12(A)(2)(n).

00-10 10/17/00 Post-City Service Lobbying Application of post-City service lobbying restrictions to a designated City official seeking employment with a development company. Choi LAMC §§ 49.5.11(A), 49.5.11(D), 49.5.12(D).

00-09 09/01/00 Officeholder Account A Councilmember may use officeholder account funds of up to $100 to pay for a portion of a constituent's airfare. Kaufman (Pacheco) LAMC § 49.7.12(A)(2)(q).

00-08 07/12/00 Officeholder Account Expenses for a flyer used in a bid by a Councilmember to become a delegate to the Democratic National Committee may not be paid for using officeholder account funds. Ross (Holden) LAMC § 49.7.12(A)(2).

00-07 06/26/00 Post-City Service Lobbying A former high level Council staff member, on behalf of her new employer, may not communicate with any City agency for the purpose of attempting to influence any matter for one year after that status ended, but the post-city service lobbying restrictions do not apply to her temporary CLA position in which she performed ministerial tasks and was not a "City official". Orozco LAMC §§ 49.5.11, 49.5.2.

00-04 04/20/00 Post-City Service Lobbying During the one year after his retirement, the former Employee Relations Board Executive Director may submit an application to serve on the Register of Neutrals, but may not attempt to influence the agency's decision whether to include him on the Register of Neutrals. Collins LAMC § 49.5.11.

00-03 04/19/00 Post-City Service Lobbying During the one year after his retirement, a former Airport official may assist and advise an airline interested in extending its cargo lease, including selling a cargo loading system he designed to the airline, but may not attempt to influence Department of Airports' staff or officials regarding the cargo lease extension. Malloy LAMC § 49.5.11.

00-02 03/30/00 Officeholder Account Funds left in a former Councilmember's officeholder account fund after he leaves office become "surplus funds" governed by State Law, not City Law. Miranda LAMC § 49.7.12(A).

00-01 03/23/00 Officeholder Account Officeholder account funds may be used to pay for translating a council member's website into Spanish. Davidson (Chick) LAMC §§ 49.7.12(A)(2), 49.7.12(B)(2).

99-14 11/16/99 Contribution Limits Contributions to City candidates for the April 2001 election are not required to be aggregated when neither member has a "controlling interest" of more than 50% in the company. Kindel LACC § 312(c).

LAMC § 49.7.2(C).

99-13 10/28/99 Legal Defense Fund A Councilmember may not establish a Legal Defense Fund for a civil lawsuit because the facts provided are insufficient to determine that the lawsuit arises from the conduct of his election campaign, the electoral process or the performance of his governmental duties. Holden LAMC § 49.7.12(B).

99-12 10/28/99 Officeholder Account For a retirement dinner of a union official and civic activist, the Mayor's officeholder account may pay (1) up to $100 as an expression of congratulations or appreciation, and (2) for the dinner ticket of each staff member who attended in the performance of governmental duties. McAndrews (Riordan) LAMC §§ 49.7.12(A)(2)(f), 49.7.12(A)(2)(p), 49.7.12(A)(2)(q).

99-08 06/29/99 Officeholder expenditures A Councilmember's officeholder account may be used to pay for mailing a newsletter to non-City residents. Svornich LAMC § 49.7.12((A)(2)(m).

99-07 06/10/99 Post-City Service Lobbying Application of post-City service lobbying advice to a former City official pursuing bond underwriting business with City. Pittman LAMC §§ 49.5.11, 49.5.2.

99-06 06/03/99 Lobbying A lobbying firm must register multiple clients joined in single informal association as individual lobbying clients. Szabo LAMC §§ 48.02, 48.07(E)(4).

99-05 05/13/99 Officeholder Account Use of officeholder account funds to purchase tables at a retirement dinner for the Los Angeles Police Department. Holden LAMC §§ 49.7.12(A)(1), 49.7.12(A)(2), 49.7.12(A)(7)(a).

99-04 03/17/99 Independent Expenditures Use of committee funds for independent expenditures in a City race. Zakson LACC § 312(c)(7).

99-03 03/15/99 Outside Employment A Bureau of Sanitation employee may not use his City position or resources to obtain anything of benefit to his outside employer. Garnas (for Kook Dean) LAMC § 49.5.5.

99-02 03/01/99 Post-City Service Lobbying A former Council district staff member, who was a high-level City Official and now works for a company that is seeking a City contract, is subject to post-City service representation activities restrictions and prohibitions, but may engage in activities required under the contract if awarded to his new employer. Rose LAMC §§ 49.5.11, 49.5.2.

99-01 02/25/99 Officeholder Account Use of officeholder account funds to pay for travel expenses. Wachs LAMC §§ 49.7.12(A)(2)(g), 49.7.12(A)(2)(i), 49.7.12(A)(7).

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