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February 10, 2010
A New Lobbying Ordinance
Last night, the City Council unanimously approved a new Lobbying Ordinance for our city. Long Beach has now joined every other big city in California with a lobbyist registration law. A big thanks to the City Attorney and his staff for crafting a solid and fair ordinance. While not perfect, it still moves us in the direction of a more open and transparent government.
When I was campaigning for the City Council, I promised that I would work at making our city government more open and accessible to the people we serve. As you know, I have posted my calendar online since my first day in office. Ultimately, the responsibility of transparency is not only with private lobbyists, but with elected officials.
I am proud that in my first seven months in office, I have authored and passed with the support of my colleagues two substantial pieces of open government legislation:
- Legislation that will enable elected officials to post their calendars on the city website.
- A new lobbying ordinance to register lobbyists and gifts to elected officials.
These two new open government reforms will bring positive CHANGE to our city.
Go Long Beach !
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