The Public Trust

City Ethics Commission to Be Awarded National Public Service Recognition

The Los Angeles City Ethics Commission has been selected to receive the 2007 Public Integrity Award of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). This national recognition pays tribute to a local, state, national, or international organization that has made "outstanding contributions to responsible conduct in public service," and "presents evidence of accomplishing, or causing to accomplish, significant programs or projects benefiting the general public." The award will be presented to the Commission on March 26, 2007, at ASPA's 68th conference in Washington, D.C. [more...]

April 2 Financial Disclosure Filing Promotes Transparency in Government

In California, public officials at every level of state and local government must disclose their personal financial interests, as well as their financial interests held by their spouses or registered domestic partners and dependent children. The purpose of financial disclosure is to alert public officials to personal financial interests that might be affected while they are performing their official duties, so that they can avoid conflicts of interest. [more...]

Ethics Commission Identifies Policy & Legislative Priorities for Second Half of FY06-07

At its January 2007 meeting, the City Ethics Commission agreed that three issue areas would be priorities for its policy and legislative work in the coming months. In addition to providing ongoing support to pursue its recommendation for full public financing for City campaigns, the Commission will also be embarking on two other significant policy projects during the remainder of FY06-07. [more...]

Proposition R Changes Include Significant Amendments to City's Lobbying Laws

Last November, voters in the City of Los Angeles adopted Proposition R, which extended term limits for City Councilmembers from two 4-year terms to three 4-year terms. Proposition R also amended several City laws concerning lobbying, ethics, and campaign finance. All provisions of Proposition R were effective as of January 15, 2007. [more...]

City Ethics Commission to Review Municipal Lobbying Ordinance

First established in 1969, the City's Municipal Lobbying Ordinance has long required lobbyists and their firms to register with the City Ethics Commission and regularly disclose information about their City lobbying activities. Recently amended by Proposition R, the lobbying ordinance last received a comprehensive review by the City Ethics Commission in the early 1990s. [more...]

Los Angeles City Ethics Commission Urges the City Council to Adopt Full Public Financing for City Elections

At its November 2006 meeting, the City Ethics Commission approved a comprehensive proposal to create a program for full public financing for City campaigns. [more...]

City Ethics Commission Reports on Enforcement Work

First authorized by the voters of Los Angeles to administer and enforce the City's governmental ethics, campaign finance, and lobbying laws in 1990, the City Ethics Commission strives to achieve its Charter-based enforcement mandate by pursuing efficient, impartial, and thorough investigations and fair and seamless applications of the law. [more...]

Making a Difference with Online Ethics Training

Working closely with the Office of the City Attorney and the City's Information Technology Agency (ITA), the City Ethics Commission has now developed and implemented a new online training program, called Ethics and Open Government Training for Los Angeles City Officials. [more...]

New State Gift Limit Took Effect January 1, 2007

Effective January 1, 2007, the state gift limit for public officials was changed from $360 to $390 per calendar year, to reflect cost-of-living adjustments. The state gift limit will remain at $390 until December 31, 2008, at which time the Fair Political Practices Commission may again revise the limit. [more...]

Reminder: Political Dos and Don'ts as City Campaigns Count Down

With City campaigns moving into their final weeks, here are a few quick reminders about some of the most common political dos and don'ts for City officials and employees. [more...]