Proposed Ban on Contributions from Real Estate Developers

As you may recall, Los Angeles City Councilman Ryu and the City Ethics Commission (“CEC”) submitted competing proposals last spring to ban campaign contributions from real estate developers.  After several hearings, the City Council asked the City Attorney’s office to draft ordinances based on the two proposals, and the ordinances […]

Oakland Lobbying Law Alert (April 2019)

Very Low Lobbyist Registration Threshold in Oakland While most large cities in California require individuals who “lobby” City officials and employees to register and file reports disclosing their lobbying activities, Oakland’s lobbying law stands out because its registration trigger is so low.  Local jurisdictions typically require lobbyists to register if […]

San Diego Lobbying Law Alert (January 2019)

We are working with the San Diego Ethics Commission to update a provision of the City’s lobbying law that requires City Lobbying Firms and Organization Lobbyists to disclose confidential information about their employees’ salaries under certain circumstances. Specifically, the lobbying law requires lobbying entities to disclose the exact salaries of […]

Legislative Negotiations Maintain Simple Majority Threshold for Local Special Tax Initiatives; Soda Taxes Banned

As you may recall, the California Supreme Court issued a decision last year which dramatically changed the environment for citizen initiatives aiming to impose special taxes at the local level. The Court effectively concluded that the constitutional two-thirds voter approval requirement for special taxes only applies when the taxes are […]