The City of Los Angeles is currently seeking input from Citizens about proposed changes to the MLO or Municipal Lobbying Ordinance. If you have been following what has happened with our SRNC Subdivision election, you know that there was a lot of “interference” from several highly paid lobbyists. This was all exposed on the blog michaelkohlhaas.org. What is on the table now are changes that would make the disclosures more transparent. If you think this is a good idea, please consider submitting a letter of your own to the City Ethics Commission asap. Scroll down for a pre-addressed template to download with all the pertinent info (make it your own!). I have also included my own letter which I will be submitting. And, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU in advance!
The below is excerpted from the MichaelKohlhaas blog posted today HERE.
“These revisions of the MLO are essential for improving government transparency and accountability in the City of Los Angeles, and if we let the lobbyists obstruct or eviscerate them, we’ll all be the worse for it.
The Policy staff sent out an email tonight announcing these meetings, and here they are, along with instructions for attending:
Thursday, September 7, 2017. 1:30pm – 3:30pm. City Hall, Room 1060 — This meeting is for a general discussion of the Municipal Lobbying Ordinance.
- Saturday, September 9, 2017. 9:25am – 12:00pm. (Precise time & room TBD) — This meeting is also for a general discussion of the MLO. It is being held as part of the Congress of Neighborhood Councils and it is necessary to register for it separately.
- Wednesday, September 13, 2017. 10:00am – 12:00pm. City Hall, Room 1070. — This meeting is to focus on input from the nonprofit community.
The Policy staff request that you RSVP for any of these meetings you plan to attend at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you can’t attend a meeting you can also email your comments to the same address.”