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January 19, 1996
Responding to criticism over its firing last fall of Executive Director Benjamin Bycel, the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission moved Thursday to establish new procedures for evaluating and removing top administrators of the watchdog agency. The commission voted 3-1 to support an ordinance that would require it to conduct annual performance reviews of the executive director, and to give the director written notification of intent to fire him or her at least seven days before taking such action.
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September 16, 2010
From the start, the hoopla over Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's acceptance of free tickets to Lakers games, Dodgers games and sundry other Los Angeles festivities without reporting them as gifts has been at least as much about subtext as scandal. No one really thought he'd be fined or punished, but the smarmy business of entertaining himself at others' expense reinforced his image as a pampered, self-indulgent lightweight rather than a public official of gravity and significance. Of course, Villaraigosa is hardly alone in his bad habits.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2006 | Jeffrey L. Rabin, Times Staff Writer
Members of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission signaled their intent Tuesday to ease a new requirement that lobbyists must disclose contributions to charitable events that involve elected officials. After a parade of lobbyists and representatives of nonprofit groups warned that the requirement would have a chilling effect on charitable giving, four of the commissioners ordered staff members to come back next month with a new approach to the disclosure issue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2008 | David Zahniser, Zahniser is a Times staff writer.
Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley has opened an inquiry into the lobbying work of former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alatorre and whether he violated city laws by failing to disclose those activities, several sources said. Cooley's Public Integrity Division, joined by investigators with the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, also have been seeking information about any lobbying work by former city commissioner Leland Wong, who was sentenced last month to five years in prison.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2006 | Jeffrey L. Rabin, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, refining a plan for full public financing of election campaigns, tentatively agreed Tuesday that the money should come primarily from the city's general fund rather than by raising taxes. But the panel delayed a decision until Nov. 14 on whether to send a public financing plan to the City Council for consideration.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1999 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles City Ethics Commission asked the panel overseeing San Fernando Valley secession Thursday to enact strict new rules disclosing all lobbying efforts, pro and con, to influence breakup bids. The Ethics Commission, which acts as the city's campaign finance watchdog, lacks the power to force secession campaigns to publicly report their war chests, expenditures and contributors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 1993 | MARK GLADSTONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bowing to opposition from Los Angeles' top two prosecutors, an Assembly committee Tuesday refused to allow the establishment of an independent special prosecutor to crack down on violations of campaign finance, lobbying and ethics laws. The legislation by Assemblywoman Barbara Friedman (D-Los Angeles) would have set in motion a provision of Charter Amendment H, the voter-approved ethics measure to establish a special prosecutor to pursue misdemeanor political corruption violations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2008 | David Zahniser, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles City Ethics Commission is investigating whether laws were violated by a former city department head who took a job with a Los Angeles-based investment company less than three months after his agency acted to benefit the firm, according to sources familiar with the probe. Although ethics officials declined to confirm or deny the inquiry, several sources say investigators have asked about Robert Aguallo Jr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 1996 | BILL BOYARSKY
Five years ago, a legal intern for the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission became suspicious while poring over campaign contribution reports. What caught Craig Steele's eye were $500 contributions from an odd assortment of givers. They listed their occupations as secretary, receptionist and such--jobs that seemingly wouldn't pay enough to warrant such big gifts. Some lived in other cities. Why would a receptionist living outside L.A. give $500 each to several Los Angeles City Council candidates?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2001 | MICHAEL FINNEGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles City Ethics Commission has asked Larry Calemine, the official in charge of drafting plans to break apart the city, to register next week as a paid lobbyist or explain why he shouldn't have to. Calemine is the full-time executive officer of the Local Agency Formation Commission for Los Angeles County, the autonomous agency weighing cityhood proposals for the San Fernando Valley, Hollywood and the Harbor area. On the side, he runs a private consulting business.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2008 | David Zahniser, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles City Ethics Commission is investigating whether laws were violated by a former city department head who took a job with a Los Angeles-based investment company less than three months after his agency acted to benefit the firm, according to sources familiar with the probe. Although ethics officials declined to confirm or deny the inquiry, several sources say investigators have asked about Robert Aguallo Jr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2006 | Jeffrey L. Rabin, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, refining a plan for full public financing of election campaigns, tentatively agreed Tuesday that the money should come primarily from the city's general fund rather than by raising taxes. But the panel delayed a decision until Nov. 14 on whether to send a public financing plan to the City Council for consideration.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2006 | Jeffrey L. Rabin, Times Staff Writer
Members of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission signaled their intent Tuesday to ease a new requirement that lobbyists must disclose contributions to charitable events that involve elected officials. After a parade of lobbyists and representatives of nonprofit groups warned that the requirement would have a chilling effect on charitable giving, four of the commissioners ordered staff members to come back next month with a new approach to the disclosure issue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2001 | MICHAEL FINNEGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles City Ethics Commission has asked Larry Calemine, the official in charge of drafting plans to break apart the city, to register next week as a paid lobbyist or explain why he shouldn't have to. Calemine is the full-time executive officer of the Local Agency Formation Commission for Los Angeles County, the autonomous agency weighing cityhood proposals for the San Fernando Valley, Hollywood and the Harbor area. On the side, he runs a private consulting business.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1999 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The operator of the Sunshine Canyon Landfill has spent more than $450,000 to lobby City Hall for permission to expand, making it one of the most expensive campaigns ever on a San Fernando Valley issue, according to documents released Monday by the Los Angeles Ethics Commission. Meanwhile opponents, who are planning bake sales and garage sales to raise money, announced they have found lawyers who have agreed to file suit to try to halt the expansion by Browning-Ferris Industries in Granada Hills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1999 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hoping to make elections more competitive, the Los Angeles Ethics Commission on Monday moved to double matching funds for candidates and allow them to raise matchable funds earlier. The new rules could further level the playing field between well-financed incumbents and challengers by significantly increasing the amount of city money given to candidates. Challengers rely heavily on small contributions from individuals instead of large donations from corporations and political action committees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2008 | David Zahniser, Zahniser is a Times staff writer.
Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley has opened an inquiry into the lobbying work of former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alatorre and whether he violated city laws by failing to disclose those activities, several sources said. Cooley's Public Integrity Division, joined by investigators with the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, also have been seeking information about any lobbying work by former city commissioner Leland Wong, who was sentenced last month to five years in prison.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1999 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The operator of the Sunshine Canyon Landfill has spent more than $450,000 to lobby City Hall for permission to expand, making it one of the most expensive campaigns ever on a San Fernando Valley issue, according to documents released Monday by the Los Angeles Ethics Commission. Meanwhile opponents, who are planning bake sales and garage sales to raise money, announced they have found lawyers who have agreed to file suit to try to halt the expansion by Browning-Ferris Industries in Granada Hills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1999 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hoping to make city elections more competitive, the Los Angeles Ethics Commission on Monday moved to double matching funds and lengthen the time during which contributions can be matched. The new rules could further level the playing field between well-financed incumbents and challengers by significantly increasing the amount of city money given to candidates who rely heavily on small contributions from individuals instead of large donations from corporations and political action committees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1999 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles City Ethics Commission asked the panel overseeing San Fernando Valley secession Thursday to enact strict new rules disclosing all lobbying efforts, pro and con, to influence breakup bids. The Ethics Commission, which acts as the city's campaign finance watchdog, lacks the power to force secession campaigns to publicly report their war chests, expenditures and contributors.
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