Ethics commission set to revive talks on developer contributions
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.