The Public Trust
Fall 2006

"I could have sworn it was there yesterday!"

If the CEC website looks a little different, it’s because... it is... somewhat. In an effort to streamline our website and better serve those persons who use it, we have instituted a few changes. [more...]

City Ethics Commission Welcomes Newest Commissioner

Attorney Helen Zukin was confirmed in August by the City Council to serve as the newest member of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission. Zukin was nominated to the Commission by Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo. The seat was previously held by Rabbi Uri Herscher, President and CEO of the Skirball Cultural Center. [more...]

Political Activities:
"Dos" and "Don'ts" for City Officials and Employees

To protect the integrity of the government and the electoral process, there are rules that restrict certain political activities of City employees and officials. While City employees and officials are not prohibited from engaging in political activities, laws do exist to safeguard public resources, ensure the government remains nonpartisan and neutral in election matters, and protect City employees from pressure to support or oppose candidates or ballot measures. [more...]

Special Ethics Commission Meeting on Full Public Financing

On Tuesday, October 24, 2006, the City Ethics Commission held a special meeting to consider specific recommendations for a program that would provide full public financing for City campaigns. [more...]

The Whistleblower Hotline: Protecting You and the City

Since 1990 when voters first created the City Ethics Commission, the City Charter has mandated that the Commission maintain a 24-hour Whistleblower Hotline so that City employees and others can anonymously report alleged violations of City laws under the Commission’s jurisdiction, including any abuse of City position or resources. The Charter also mandates that the Commission treat all complaints and investigations confidentially. [more...]

‘Tis the (Approaching) Season:
Gifts and Gift Limits for City Officials

With fall upon us and the holiday season fast approaching, it is this time of year that many City officials are faced with questions about gifts. "Are gifts acceptable?" "Are there limits on gifts from certain sources?" "What should I do if I receive a gift that is not allowable under the law?" [more...]

Valuing Tickets and Passes to Events:
How Much Are They Really Worth?

Between champion sports team events and world-class entertainment in Los Angeles, it is not unusual that tickets to special events can be a popular way for those doing business in the City to say "thank you." Unlike others, however, City officials and employees who are offered tickets to events have certain restrictions that govern the amount of gifts they can receive, and from whom they can receive them. [more...]