Long Beach’s lobbyist ordinance is 13 years old, but, so far, no one has been charged with violating it. Critics say that may be due to loopholes the city’s Ethics Commission is now trying to close.
Some say it is not fair that the law passed in 2010 does not require city employee labor groups or nonprofits to register with the city and make their interactions with decision-makers public.
The Ethics Commission was created by Measure CCC to monitor and implement government ethics, ensuring leaders are following the provisions of the city charge and statutes regarding campaign finance, lobbying, conflicts of interest and governmental ethics.
An ethics commissioner would be responsible for monitoring, administering and implementing governmental ethics in the city.