Long Beach, CA
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File #: 06-1363    Version: 1 Name: CD1 - Establishment of Ethics Commission
Type: Agenda Item Status: Received and Filed
File created: 12/14/2006 In control: Elections Oversight Committee
On agenda: 12/19/2006 Final action: 9/21/2009
Title: Recommendation to request City Attorney draft an ordinance that establishes an Ethics Commission for the City of Long Beach whose duties would include advice and education: oversight of disclosure reports, lobbying and lobbyist registration; recommendation to the Council regarding new ethics regulations and policies; campaign issues (contribution limits, expenditures, permitted uses of funds, disclosure reports, campaign accounts, loans and time periods), and other issues that may be added at a later date.
Sponsors: VICE MAYOR BONNIE LOWENTHAL, COUNCILMEMBER, FIRST , COUNCILMEMBER VAL LERCH, NINTH DISTRICT
Indexes: Resolution Request
Attachments: 1. 121906-R-36sr
Related files: 07-0088, 06-1191, 08-0882, 07-0074
TITLE
Recommendation to request City Attorney draft an ordinance that establishes an Ethics Commission for the City of Long Beach whose duties would include advice and education: oversight of disclosure reports, lobbying and lobbyist registration; recommendation to the Council regarding new ethics regulations and policies; campaign issues (contribution limits, expenditures, permitted uses of funds, disclosure reports, campaign accounts, loans and time periods), and other issues that may be added at a later date.
 
DISCUSSION
Many cities in California have established Ethics Commissions whose duties are providing advice; training and educating employees and appointed and elected officials on ethics laws; and oversight and enforcement of existing laws on ethics, campaign finance and lobbying. Some of these cities include: San Jose, Oakland, San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles. Although each commission operates differently, they share the goal of enhancing accountability to voters and increasing transparency in order to restore confidence in government.
 
Most Ethics Commissions also make recommendations to the City Council regarding campaign and ethics regulations and policies. They may also oversee registration and regulation of campaign consultants and lobbyists, as well as analyze disclosure reports.
 
SUGGESTED ACTION
Approve recommendation.
 
Respectfully Submitted,
BONNIE LOWENTHAL, VICE MAYOR AND COUNCILMEMBER, FIRST DISTRICT
VAL LERCH, COUNCILMEMBER, NINTH DISTRICT