Ethics com­mis­sion set to re­vive talks on de­vel­oper con­tri­bu­tions

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Front Page -

LOS AN­GE­LES (CNS) — Days af­ter a pro­posal that would ban cer­tain de­vel­oper con­tri­bu­tions to elected of­fi­cials and can­di­dates was re­vived by some Los An­ge­les City Coun­cil mem­bers, the city’s Ethics Com­mis­sion an­nounced that it too would be tak­ing an­other look at the idea.

The move comes amid a wide­rang­ing fed­eral cor­rup­tion and bribery in­ves­ti­ga­tion of City Hall that ap­pears to be re­lated to real es­tate de­vel­op­ments.

De­vel­op­ers with projects need­ing ap­proval by the City Coun­cil some­times also con­trib­ute to coun­cil mem­bers’ cam­paigns, but a mo­tion in­tro­duced ear­lier this week would ban con­tri­bu­tions to city elected of­fi­cials and can­di­dates for mu­nic­i­pal of­fice from “re­stricted de­vel­op­ers” and their prin­ci­pals.

“Re­stricted de­vel­op­ers” would in­clude prop­erty owners who have busi­ness with the city re­lated to the prop­erty, in­clud­ing projects re­quir­ing ap­proval or other ac­tion by city elected of­fi­cials to al­low the con­struc­tion or ad­di­tion of more than 4,000 square feet of res­i­den­tial floor area or 15,000 square feet of com­mer­cial floor area.

A sim­i­lar mo­tion was in­tro­duced in 2017 but did not gain any trac­tion with the City Coun­cil or Ethics Com­mis­sion be­fore ex­pir­ing. Coun­cil mem­bers David Ryu, Paul Kreko­rian, Joe Bus­caino, Paul Koretz, Mike Bonin and Nury Martinez in­tro­duced the new mo­tion this week, with Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Herb Wes­son sec­ond­ing.

“Cam­paign fi­nance re­form, in­clud­ing a ban on de­vel­oper do­na­tions, is some­thing I have been fight­ing for since I first ran for of­fice,” Ryu said when he in­tro­duced the mo­tion.

Un­der the mo­tion’s guidelines, de­vel­op­ers would be re­stricted from mak­ing po­lit­i­cal con­tri­bu­tions to city elected of­fi­cials and can­di­dates from the date the ap­pli­ca­tion for the prop­erty is filed un­til 12 months fol­low­ing the fi­nal res­o­lu­tion of the ap­pli­ca­tion.

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