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...
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 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 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...
Summarizing How to Value Tickets to Non-profit and Political
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
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....
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...
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