To help ensure fair and impartial government decisions, City and state laws limit certain activities by current and former City officials (California Form 700 filers) and employees. This guide is designed to help you understand some of the laws that apply to you when you negotiate future employment and after you leave City service.
Negotiating Future Employment
City officials may not negotiate future employment with certain persons.
The specific limitation depends on the position that the official holds.
In addition, all City officials—regardless of position—are prohibited from making, participating in, or using their City positions to influence a City decision involving the interests of a person with whom they have an agreement for future employment or business opportunities.
Revolving Door Bans
There are two revolving door bans. One is permanent, and one is temporary.
If you hold any of the following positions at any time in the 24 months before you leave City service,
you are prohibited from lobbying any City agency for one year after leaving City service.
Chief of Staff
Mayoral Aide VII
Mayoral Aide VIII
City Attorney’s Office:
Executive Assistant City Attorney
Chief Assistant City Attorney
Senior Assistant City Attorney
City Attorney Exempt Employee
Controller; Chief Deputy Controller
Administrative Deputy Controller
Principal Deputy Controller
City Council Offices:
Council Aide VI
Council Aide VII
Board of Public Works Commissioner
Chief Administrative Officer
City officials must file California Form 700 (Statement of Economic Interests) within 30 days after leaving City service.
Elected officials, members of City boards and commissions, and the heads of City agencies must also file the City’s Form 60.
Both forms may be filed electronically after obtaining a login ID from the Ethics Commission.
If no revolving door ban applies and you decide to engage in lobbying activity, you may be required to register with the Ethics Commission and report your activity. Late filing fees and administrative penalties may apply to registrations and reports that are not properly filed.
For more information, please visit ethics.lacity.org/publications/#lobbying.
After you leave City service, state law may bar you (and possibly your new employer) from receiving any benefit from a contract that you participated in creating while with the City.
For more information, please contact the Fair Political Practices Commission.
Former (and current) City officials and employees may not disclose or misuse any confidential information that they acquired in the course of their City service.
Confidential information is anything that would not be subject to disclosure under the California Public Records Act if it were contained in a document.
You may report possible violations to (800) 824-4825 or ethics.lacity.org/enforcement.
Anyone who violates these laws (or aids and abets another person in a violation) may be liable for administrative penalties of up to the greater of $5,000 per violation or three times the amount of money at issue.
This is a brief overview of laws that apply to individuals who leave City service.
Please contact us for more information about how the laws apply to you.
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