Dad’s a politician! Junior’s a lobbyist! Sounds like it has potential for a sitcom -- or maybe a conflict of interest?
KCET’s SoCal Connected has put a stronger lens in its news microscope to scrutinize the public-political relationship between L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe and his son Matt, a lobbyist whose firm’s clients sometimes wind up with financial dealings with the Board of Supervisors, dealings that can be worth millions.
Each of the five supervisors is responsible for a bigger population than some U.S. senators, which is one reason they’ve been referred to for years as “the five little kings,” even when there's a woman or two on the board.
The county’s size and reach and budget mean that each supervisor has tremendous influence and tremendous authority. Supervisor Knabe chooses not to recuse himself from voting on matters involving his son’s firm, and it is not illegal for him to cast votes on them, even those that have financial advantages for his son's business clients, as the KCET report discusses.