“Revolving Door” Restrictions for Former City Employees and Officials”

“One of the best ways to attract talented people to public service is to assure that the government is respected for its honesty and integrity; that its decisions are made on the merits, untainted by any consideration of private gain; and that the rules governing their conduct during and after leaving government service are as clear and complete as possible.”....  More...

A Reminder About Outside Employment

During the course of their City service, City employees may seek additional employment opportunities to supplement their incomes. When financial times are tight, more individuals may be exploring these options to ensure they are doing all they can so that their families can stay ahead....  More...

Commissioner Valerie Vanaman

Commissioner Valerie Vanaman is partner at the Sherman Oaks firm of Newman Aaronson Vanaman. She began her career as a nationally selected Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellow in 1967. After spending almost fifteen years with various public interest organizations, she began her private practice in 1981. Vanaman’s firm has been a leader in providing representation for individuals challenged with disabilities and for their families.... More...

Commissioner Marlene Canter

Commissioner Marlene Canter is a Los Angeles native who began her career as a special education teacher at Alta Loma Elementary School. She was the co-founder of Canter & Associates, now Laureate Education, Inc., a teacher training company that has developed an extensive catalogue of professional development programs, distance learning graduate courseware, and resource materials for teachers, administrators, and parents....  More...

New Brochure Summarizing How to Value Tickets to Non-profit and Political Fundraiser Events

For a number of years, state ethics laws treated tickets to non-profit and political fundraisers as having no value for purposes of a public official’s gift limit. Last year, however, the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) amended state regulations, determining that tickets to non-profit and political fundraisers could have a value in certain cases....  More...

On the Fast Track: 2009 Mandatory Campaign Audit Cycle Begins

Among its Charter-based duties, the City Ethics Commission (CEC) is charged with responsibility to conduct mandatory audits of campaigns for elective City office. The Commission conducts these audits to ensure that campaign activity is accurately disclosed to the public, to determine a committee's degree of compliance with applicable state and City laws, and to provide a written public record of a committee's compliance with these laws....  More...

Lobbying Amendments Pending at Council Rules and Elections Committee

In September, the City Ethics Commission (CEC) transmitted to the City Council a series of recommended amendments to update and strengthen the City’s lobbying laws. The proposals were referred to the Council’s Rules and Elections Committee, where they remain pending and may be taken up after the first of the year....  More...

Enforcement Update

During the period of January through August 2009, the City Ethics Commission (CEC) issued decisions in 14 separate administrative enforcement actions. One decision, which was reached following a public hearing, involved a candidate-controlled committee that failed to properly maintain hundreds of records related to a City Council candidate's 2003 campaign. Another decision involved a political money laundering scheme that supported a mayoral candidate in 2005 that the CEC investigated jointly with criminal law enforcement agencies....  More...



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