Council to Study Ethics Proposals
Concerned about the appearance of impropriety at City Hall,
the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to
study proposals that would ban city commissioners from
political fundraising or evaluating contractors within
The proposals will now move to three council committees for
discussion â€" leading some to worry that the
plans could become buried in the bureaucracy.
"The question is, will it ever emerge," said Bob Stern,
president of the Center for Government Studies and a
proponent of ethics reforms. "What's going on is they are
burying it with loveâ€¦. I want to see
the action. I don't want to hear the talk."
Council members stressed that they are committed to clean
government. "The public â€¦ has a
cynical view of how we operate here," said Councilwoman
Wendy Greuel, who sponsored the proposal along with
Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski. "It is time to make them
more accountable and make the public understand we are
making decisions â€¦ in the bests
interests of the city."
The council action comes three weeks after City Controller
Laura Chick released an audit of the city's airport
department in which she sharply criticized the practice of
commissioners participating in contract negotiations they
would eventually vote on. She said it led to a perception
that some were engaging in "pay to play" politics in Los
Angeles, or trading political contributions for favorable
treatment. And she asked local, state and federal officials
to investigate "potential illegal acts." She declined to
say what those acts might be.
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