Councilmember Garcia Cosponsors Effort to Register and Regulate Lobbyists
Councilmembers Robert Garcia and Gerrie Schipske (cd5) have introduced a recommendation, which was adopted by the Council, to create a lobbyist registration and regulation ordinance.
The ordinance would likely require all lobbyists to register and pay a fee to the City, as well as disclose their client list and contacts with elected officials. The details of the ordinance - including who is covered, what is reported, the specific fees, and the penalties for noncompliance - will have to be hammered out after the City Attorney brings forth a draft proposal next month.
"We have to restore faith in our elected officials," said Garcia. "The burden is mainly on elected officials to behave ethically, but without some regulation of lobbyists, residents lose trust in the process."
Long Beach is currently one of the only large cities in the United States without some means of regulating lobbyists.
"This is a common-sense measure that will support transparency and accountability" said Garcia. "I look forward to seeing what the City Attorney comes up with."