The Los Angeles City Ethics Commission voted today to impose $5,650 in fines on two elected officials -- Councilmen Herb Wesson and Richard Alarcon -- for violating rules that regulate the size and type of campaign contributions given during last year's election.
Wesson, who represents parts of Koreatown and South Los Angeles, received $3,000 in fines after he accepted six contributions that exceed the city's $500 maximum during his reelection campaign.
Alarcon, who represents part of the San Fernando Valley, was hit with $2,650 in fines for failing to turn in the script from an automated telephone call, taking a contribution from a lobbyist and violating two counts of receiving contributions of more than $500 from certain donors. Proposition R, which passed in 2006, bars lobbyists from contributing to city election campaigns. Alarcon's case was complicated by the fact that a lobbyist wrote a check to him before Proposition R took effect. The check was accepted by Alarcon, however, after the measure had become law.
The commission also issued a $1,000 fine to lobbyist Dominick Rubalcava, a former city commissioner at the Department of Water and Power, for contributing to the reelection campaign of Councilman Jose Huizar. Lobbyist Amy Forbes was also fined $1,000 for donating to Huizar.