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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.

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.

CURRENT REVIEWS

Please join us for an

Interested Persons Meeting

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
2:00pm – 3:30pm
City Hall Room 1035

The Ethics Commission is conducting a policy review of key campaign finance laws, including contributions, disclosure, and the matching funds program.  This review is being conducted because of the upcoming change in election cycles, the newly implemented matching funds requirements, and several City Council motions.  An informational overview of the laws, including the motions, was presented at the last Ethics Commission meeting.

We will be holding an interested persons meeting on March 14, and staff will be on hand to hear your perspectives on the campaign finance laws. Some of the topics we would like feedback on include the following:

  • Impact of new election cycle on campaigns
  • Per-person contribution limits
  • Contributions from developers
  • Contributions from non-individuals
  • Qualification criteria, match rate, and maximum funding for matching funds candidates

Your comments are a valuable part of the review process and will help shape these important laws.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP to ethics.policy@lacity.org by March 12, 2018, so we can accommodate everyone.  If you are unable to attend, comments can be emailed to ethics.policy@lacity.org.

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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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.

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CURRENT REVIEWS

Please join us for an

Interested Persons Meeting

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
2:00pm – 3:30pm
City Hall Room 1035

The Ethics Commission is conducting a policy review of key campaign finance laws, including contributions, disclosure, and the matching funds program.  This review is being conducted because of the upcoming change in election cycles, the newly implemented matching funds requirements, and several City Council motions.  An informational overview of the laws, including the motions, was presented at the last Ethics Commission meeting.

We will be holding an interested persons meeting on March 14, and staff will be on hand to hear your perspectives on the campaign finance laws. Some of the topics we would like feedback on include the following:

  • Impact of new election cycle on campaigns
  • Per-person contribution limits
  • Contributions from developers
  • Contributions from non-individuals
  • Qualification criteria, match rate, and maximum funding for matching funds candidates

Your comments are a valuable part of the review process and will help shape these important laws.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP to ethics.policy@lacity.org by March 12, 2018, so we can accommodate everyone.  If you are unable to attend, comments can be emailed to ethics.policy@lacity.org.

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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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