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December 19, 2009 | By Tony Barboza
The top development official for the city of Long Beach has been demoted after coming under scrutiny for going on junkets with a lobbyist with business before his office, officials announced Friday afternoon. Director of Development Services Craig Beck has been reassigned as a manager of the Oil and Gas Department's Business Operations Bureau. He will start the new post Monday, earning a salary of $140,000 a year -- a 20% pay cut -- said Debbie Mills, the city's acting human resources director.
January 10, 2011 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
When the Los Angeles City Council took up a lucrative airport contract earlier this week, Councilman Dennis Zine quietly stepped out of the room, saying he was doing so out of an "abundance of caution. " The reason for his recusal? A girlfriend of Zine's was a lobbyist for a company challenging the winning bid. Socializing between elected officials and lobbyists is nothing new at City Hall; Councilwoman Janice Hahn takes vacations with one. But while Zine took pains to publicly distance himself on the airport contract, he had not been nearly as circumspect when dealing with other votes on clients of Veronica Becerra, a lobbyist and land-use consultant.
January 1, 2011 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine says he will recuse himself from voting on a controversial, $271-million airport contract to avoid "any appearance of impropriety" regarding his romantic relationship with a lobbyist who works for one of the companies that sought the contract. Zine said Thursday that he sees no conflict of interest regarding his relationship with Veronica Becerra, who works for Tutor Perini Corp., which tried without success to secure the contract to build the Central Utility Plant at Los Angeles International Airport.
October 24, 1985
Keith Gaffaney, one of four brothers to serve simultaneously with the Los Angeles Police Department and a former president of the National Rifle Assn., has died. He was 71 and suffered an apparent heart attack last Saturday in Sacramento where he was working as a lobbyist for the California Wildlife Federation. Gaffaney, who retired from the LAPD as a sergeant in 1966, managed the department's academy in Elysian Park and the Los Angeles Police Revolver and Athletic Club.
February 9, 1988
The City of Irwindale, fighting efforts in the Legislature to block the Los Angeles Raiders from moving out of the Coliseum and building a stadium in the San Gabriel Valley suburb, has hired one of Sacramento's most influential lobbyists, a city spokesman said. Spokesman Xavier Hermosillo said Clay Jackson, who usually represents insurance companies, will represent the city in the state Capitol. He did not disclose Jackson's fee for the part-time work.
September 9, 2010 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley has decided not to file felony criminal charges against former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alatorre, even though investigators found that he worked as a lobbyist for years without identifying himself as one. Cooley's Public Integrity Division concluded "without doubt" that Alatorre was an unregistered lobbyist at City Hall from 2003 to 2007 — an activity that qualifies as a misdemeanor violation...
April 15, 2014 | Patt Morrison
George Steffes was a boy standing on Wilshire Boulevard when Dwight D. Eisenhower rolled by in a motorcade, and he was mightily impressed. But that's not what got him into politics. He went to 5 o'clock Mass one day in 1966 and ran into an acquaintance who was working on Ronald Reagan's gubernatorial campaign. Steffes volunteered. He went to Sacramento as Reagan's legislative aide and has been there ever since. He helped to found the first multi-person lobbying firm in Sacramento, Capitol Partners, where he's now “senior advisor,” no longer running the firm day to day. Almost 50 years in Sacramento have given him a long view of its roller-coaster politicking, including low points like the recent indictment of state Sen. Leland Yee. The ride has left him a bit queasy.
July 26, 1998
Re "Lobbyist on Road to $800,000 O.C. Contract," July 7: Orange County taxpayers get a real bargain when local governmental agencies hire Jim McConnell to represent them in Washington. Your article mentions that McConnell's contracts have drawn the attention of "the county's lobbyist community, which is unable to bid on any of the lucrative work." As one of those local lobbyists, I can tell you that there is no one locally, that I am aware of, who could even think of filling McConnell's shoes in Washington.
August 20, 1987 | JERRY GILLAM, Times Staff Writer
As the Legislature rushes toward adjournment with the fate of hundreds of bills still hanging in the balance, some lobbyists are grumbling about the record number of political fund-raisers for which they are being pressured to buy tickets. "I'm not going to say that it is extortion or blackmail," one lobbyist said.
October 29, 1987 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, Times Staff Writer
Prosecution witnesses in the perjury trial of Michael K. Deaver portrayed the former White House aide Wednesday as a man who seemed intent on earning many times his government salary after leaving federal service to become an independent lobbyist in 1985. In the first day of testimony at his trial, however, no witnesses came forward with evidence that Deaver had lied under oath--the only charge being considered by the jury. Rather, independent counsel Whitney North Seymour Jr.
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