On December 11, 2008, the California Fair Political Practices Commission adopted new rules that restrict the use of event tickets and passes by City officials and employees. As required by this new rule, the City of Long Beach must have a written policy stating the specific governmental or public purpose to be accomplished by the distribution of tickets that are exempt from the gift rule. On February 3, 2015, the City Council adopted the City's policy. Click here to view a pdf of this policy.
Two significant revenue generators that support public safety and other critical City services are transient occupancy and sales tax. Significant portions of these taxes are derived from visitors staying at local hotels and frequenting local stores and restaurants. The City of Long Beach is in a competitive environment, and it is critical that City officials and specific employees participate in promoting the City to convention and meeting clients considering Long Beach as a potential event destination.
The City has also focused efforts on attracting new development and businesses into the community. New development and jobs will improve the quality of life for all residents and contribute new revenue to support vital city services. It is essential that City officials and specific employees participate in events that further the City's economic development and development goals.