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Policy

City law requires the Ethics Commission to evaluate the effectiveness of its laws. This is done on a regular basis through internally generated policy reviews. It also occurs on an ad hoc basis when distinct issues are of interest to the Ethics Commission members, such as when the City Council asks for an evaluation of a particular law or when an amendment to City law is required to reflect changes in state or federal law.

CURRENT REVIEWS

  • Municipal Lobbying Ordinance

    Last year, former Ethics Commission President Melinda Murray formed a Subcommittee, comprised of herself and Commissioner Jeffery Daar, to work with staff and obtain public input for the purpose of making a recommendation to the Ethics Commission on possible revisions to the City’s lobbying ordinance.  The current draft recommendation of the Subcommittee is available here.

    The Subcommittee wants your input and comments.  The Subcommittee has scheduled a virtual interested persons meeting at 12:00 p.m. on March 23, 2022, for public comment on the draft recommendation. You may also submit written comments online.  After the Subcommittee submits its recommendation to the Ethics Commission for consideration, it is contemplated that the final proposal, if any, by the Ethics Commission will be submitted to the City Council for approval.

    Thank you for your interest in the Ethics Commission’s policy work.

  • City Charter

    The Ethics Commission formed and appointed Vice President Jeffery Daar and Commissioner Laura Genao to the Ad Hoc Charter Reform Subcommittee. This Subcommittee is to explore possible structural reforms to the Ethics Commission and make recommendations to the Ethics Commission. This includes possible amendments to Los Angeles City Charter sections 700-712, which establish and provide the powers, duties, and responsibilities of the Ethics Commission.

    The Subcommittee invites you to participate and provide public comment on possible structural reforms to the Ethics Commission. The first virtual interested persons meeting will be held at 12:00 p.m. on March 31, 2022. The focus of this meeting will be on Charter sections 700-712. You may also submit written comments online. The Subcommittee encourages comments to be submitted in writing as well as at the meeting.

PUBLIC COMMENT

The Ethics Commission would like to hear from you! 

Please select a policy item below to provide a public comment.

  • Municipal Lobbying Ordinance

    The Ethics Commission is reviewing the Municipal Lobbying Ordinance (MLO) and has developed a set of possible amendments. We invite you to weigh in with your thoughts on the proposal. You may provide public comment by completing the form below or by emailing us at ethics.policy@lacity.org

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  • City Charter

    The Ethics Commission is reviewing the Los Angeles City Charter sections 700-712. We invite you to weigh in with your thoughts. You may provide public comment by completing the form below or by emailing us at ethics.policy@lacity.org

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PROCESS

The review process involves public input, research, data analysis, and internal staff discussions. Based on all of that information, the staff makes initial determinations about what recommendations, if any, to present to the Ethics Commission members. Some reviews address limited issues, and others involve a comprehensive review of an entire ordinance, which can take months or years to complete.


The Ethics Commission members consider policy recommendations at public meetings and must vote to approve, modify, or reject them. The Ethics Commission cannot amend City ordinances, so any approved recommendation that would amend an ordinance must be forwarded to the City Council for action. The Ethics Commission can adopt formal policies that interpret existing ordinances, and those are effective upon approval.


Additional details about the legislative review process are depicted in The Path of Policy.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

For questions regarding specific scenarios, please contact us prior to taking action.

  • How can I find out what happened with a legislative proposal that the Ethics Commission made to the City Council?

    Every meeting agenda includes a policy update, which tracks the status of the Ethics Commission’s legislative proposals. The updates identify the council file number of each proposal, which can be used to obtain additional information through the City Clerk’s council file index.

  • What will your next policy review be about?

    The policy update that is included in every meeting agenda also identifies a tentative schedule of upcoming policy projects. This “horizon snapshot” is fluid and can change at any time, but it does identify intended time lines as of the day the snapshot is created.

  • I provided comments during a review, but I don’t see my comments in the staff recommendations. Why not?

    Public comments are an extremely valuable part of the review process. However, there are typically many different views about issues, which means that not everyone’s ideas can be included. The staff assesses all input, as well as their own experiences in administering the laws and what they discover through data analysis. They then make an initial determination about how to best promote equity, transparency, and accountability. Whether they are incorporated into the staff recommendations or not, all written comments are provided to the Ethics Commission members, to help inform their decisions. You are also welcome to attend Ethics Commission meetings to verbally enter your comments into the record.

  • I would rather not put my comments in writing. Can I talk to someone instead?

    Yes. Written comments are valuable because they precisely communicate your perspectives. However, the Ethics Commission staff is happy to talk with anyone who would like to provide input, and verbal comments are considered along with written comments. Please contact us to speak with a staff member.

  • Can I provide comments anonymously?

    Yes.

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CURRENT REVIEWS

  • Municipal Lobbying Ordinance

    Last year, former Ethics Commission President Melinda Murray formed a Subcommittee, comprised of herself and Commissioner Jeffery Daar, to work with staff and obtain public input for the purpose of making a recommendation to the Ethics Commission on possible revisions to the City’s lobbying ordinance.  The current draft recommendation of the Subcommittee is available here.

    The Subcommittee wants your input and comments.  The Subcommittee has scheduled a virtual interested persons meeting at 12:00 p.m. on March 23, 2022, for public comment on the draft recommendation. You may also submit written comments online.  After the Subcommittee submits its recommendation to the Ethics Commission for consideration, it is contemplated that the final proposal, if any, by the Ethics Commission will be submitted to the City Council for approval.

    Thank you for your interest in the Ethics Commission’s policy work.

  • City Charter

    The Ethics Commission formed and appointed Vice President Jeffery Daar and Commissioner Laura Genao to the Ad Hoc Charter Reform Subcommittee. This Subcommittee is to explore possible structural reforms to the Ethics Commission and make recommendations to the Ethics Commission. This includes possible amendments to Los Angeles City Charter sections 700-712, which establish and provide the powers, duties, and responsibilities of the Ethics Commission.

    The Subcommittee invites you to participate and provide public comment on possible structural reforms to the Ethics Commission. The first virtual interested persons meeting will be held at 12:00 p.m. on March 31, 2022. The focus of this meeting will be on Charter sections 700-712. You may also submit written comments online. The Subcommittee encourages comments to be submitted in writing as well as at the meeting.

PUBLIC COMMENT

The Ethics Commission would like to hear from you! 

Please select a policy item below to provide a public comment.

  • Municipal Lobbying Ordinance

    The Ethics Commission is reviewing the Municipal Lobbying Ordinance (MLO) and has developed a set of possible amendments. We invite you to weigh in with your thoughts on the proposal. You may provide public comment by completing the form below or by emailing us at ethics.policy@lacity.org

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  • City Charter

    The Ethics Commission is reviewing the Los Angeles City Charter sections 700-712. We invite you to weigh in with your thoughts. You may provide public comment by completing the form below or by emailing us at ethics.policy@lacity.org

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PROCESS

The review process involves public input, research, data analysis, and internal staff discussions. Based on all of that information, the staff makes initial determinations about what recommendations, if any, to present to the Ethics Commission members. Some reviews address limited issues, and others involve a comprehensive review of an entire ordinance, which can take months or years to complete.


The Ethics Commission members consider policy recommendations at public meetings and must vote to approve, modify, or reject them. The Ethics Commission cannot amend City ordinances, so any approved recommendation that would amend an ordinance must be forwarded to the City Council for action. The Ethics Commission can adopt formal policies that interpret existing ordinances, and those are effective upon approval.


Additional details about the legislative review process are depicted in The Path of Policy.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

For questions regarding specific scenarios, please contact us prior to taking action.

  • How can I find out what happened with a legislative proposal that the Ethics Commission made to the City Council?

    Every meeting agenda includes a policy update, which tracks the status of the Ethics Commission’s legislative proposals. The updates identify the council file number of each proposal, which can be used to obtain additional information through the City Clerk’s council file index.

  • What will your next policy review be about?

    The policy update that is included in every meeting agenda also identifies a tentative schedule of upcoming policy projects. This “horizon snapshot” is fluid and can change at any time, but it does identify intended time lines as of the day the snapshot is created.

  • I provided comments during a review, but I don’t see my comments in the staff recommendations. Why not?

    Public comments are an extremely valuable part of the review process. However, there are typically many different views about issues, which means that not everyone’s ideas can be included. The staff assesses all input, as well as their own experiences in administering the laws and what they discover through data analysis. They then make an initial determination about how to best promote equity, transparency, and accountability. Whether they are incorporated into the staff recommendations or not, all written comments are provided to the Ethics Commission members, to help inform their decisions. You are also welcome to attend Ethics Commission meetings to verbally enter your comments into the record.

  • I would rather not put my comments in writing. Can I talk to someone instead?

    Yes. Written comments are valuable because they precisely communicate your perspectives. However, the Ethics Commission staff is happy to talk with anyone who would like to provide input, and verbal comments are considered along with written comments. Please contact us to speak with a staff member.

  • Can I provide comments anonymously?

    Yes.

PUBLIC DATA PORTAL

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