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Anaheim Lobbying Law Report (August 2017)

The Anaheim City Council has passed a “sunshine” law implementing lobbyist registration and reporting, record-keeping for certain officials, and “revolving door” restrictions on former City officials.  The ordinance will go into effect on September 14, 2017, and is one of many new or amended local lobbying ordinances passed in the […]


Santa Monica Lobbying Law Alert (June 2017)

New, Ongoing Filing Obligations for Santa Monica Lobbying Entities The Santa Monica City Council recently amended its new lobbying law (which was just enacted last fall) to clarify that registered lobbying entities must file an “addendum” to their registrations within 10 days of any change in their lobbying activities, including […]


Significant Court Case on the Public Disclosure of Private Emails and Texts

This morning, the California Supreme Court issued a decision which could significantly alter how lobbyists and members of the public interact with elected officials and government employees. The decision subjects state and local public officials’ and employees’ personal emails, text messages and other electronic communications to public disclosure under the […]

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Recent Fines by City Ethics Commission Should Be Wake up Call to City Lobbyists

Recent Fines by City Ethics Commission Should Be Wake up Call to City Lobbyists Fines levied this week by the City Ethics Commission against three lobbying entities highlight the Commission’s new emphasis on enforcing the City’s lobbying law –  and should serve as a reminder to all organizations involved in […]


Ballot Selfies: Post Away

BY MATTHEW C. ALVAREZ After months of debate, the California legislature this week finally reversed a decades-old law which prohibited Californians’ constitutionally-protected right to the ballot selfie.  That is, the right to post online a photo of yourself alongside your completed ballot, marked for the candidates and ballot measures of your […]


Placement Agent Alert: New Rule May Require Investment Firm Employees to be Disclosed by Name on Quarterly California Lobbying Reports (July 2016)

Placement Agent Alert: New Rule May Require Investment Firm Employees to be Disclosed by Name on Quarterly California Lobbying Reports (July 2016) July 2016 Beginning in the third quarter 2016, investment firms which are registered California lobbying entities will need to itemize all payments of $2,500 or more for “other […]