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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

  • 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 by submitting written comments online or by email to ethics.policy@lacity.org

  • Campaign Finance Ordinance

    As a result of the Supreme Court’s decision in Federal Election Commission v. Cruz For Senate, the Ethics Commission suspended enforcement of Los Angeles Municipal Code section 49.7.9(E). The Ethics Commission also requested that the City Council repeal the section of City law now in conflict with the new Supreme Court precedent. That case and the related provision of City law concern limits on candidates using funds raised after an election to repay personal loans made to their own campaigns above a certain dollar amount.

    While individual contribution limits still apply, this precedent allows a candidate to solicit and receive an unlimited amount of contributions after an election in order to repay personal loans they made to their own campaign. This extends to both winning and losing candidates.

    In light of this change, the Ethics Commission is exploring measures to increase transparency around post-election fundraising. We would like your feedback, and to invite you to submit public comment online or by email to ethics.policy@lacity.org

  • 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. Following an extensive review and input from members of the public and regulated community, the subcommittee’s recommendations were placed before the Ethics Commission.

    At its April 20 meeting, the Ethics Commission voted to recommend the reforms to the Municipal Lobbying Ordinance. The recommendations were transmitted to the City Council as part of Council File 22-0560. In order to become effective, the reforms must be adopted by the City Council.

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

PUBLIC COMMENT

The Ethics Commission would like to hear from you! 

  • Campaign Finance Ordinance

    The Ethics Commission is exploring measures to increase transparency around post-election fundraising. We would like your feedback, and to invite you to 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

  • 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 by submitting written comments online or by email to ethics.policy@lacity.org

  • Campaign Finance Ordinance

    As a result of the Supreme Court’s decision in Federal Election Commission v. Cruz For Senate, the Ethics Commission suspended enforcement of Los Angeles Municipal Code section 49.7.9(E). The Ethics Commission also requested that the City Council repeal the section of City law now in conflict with the new Supreme Court precedent. That case and the related provision of City law concern limits on candidates using funds raised after an election to repay personal loans made to their own campaigns above a certain dollar amount.

    While individual contribution limits still apply, this precedent allows a candidate to solicit and receive an unlimited amount of contributions after an election in order to repay personal loans they made to their own campaign. This extends to both winning and losing candidates.

    In light of this change, the Ethics Commission is exploring measures to increase transparency around post-election fundraising. We would like your feedback, and to invite you to submit public comment online or by email to ethics.policy@lacity.org

  • 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. Following an extensive review and input from members of the public and regulated community, the subcommittee’s recommendations were placed before the Ethics Commission.

    At its April 20 meeting, the Ethics Commission voted to recommend the reforms to the Municipal Lobbying Ordinance. The recommendations were transmitted to the City Council as part of Council File 22-0560. In order to become effective, the reforms must be adopted by the City Council.

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

PUBLIC COMMENT

The Ethics Commission would like to hear from you! 

  • Campaign Finance Ordinance

    The Ethics Commission is exploring measures to increase transparency around post-election fundraising. We would like your feedback, and to invite you to 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

Search Former Website: Campaign | Lobbying

Search: