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News Release
8/7/2001
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Interest in Conflict of Interest Ordinance Heats Up Across California Interest has sparked across the state towards adoption of conflict of interest initiatives passed in five California cities by the all-volunteer Oaks Project. In the Southern California city of Santa Clarita, the Democratic Alliance for Action will vote on endorsing the anti-...
News Release
8/3/2001
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Citizen Group Declares California Needs Kickback Protections Citizen volunteers with the Oaks Project denounced Governor Davis' receipt of campaign contributions from a firm he recently awarded a state contract to consult on the energy crisis. The Oaks Project challenged the State Legislature to adopt strong anti-kickback provisions, modeled on...
News Story
8/1/2001
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The Daily News A community activist has called on the City Council to toughen its ethics rules by adopting an ordinance already in place in several other Southern California cities. The rules would restrict elected officials from accepting campaign contributions, gifts or paid work from anyone involved in a major municipal contract or project...
News Release
8/1/2001
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Governor Vetoes Legislation to Disclose Paid or Volunteer Status for Signature Gatherers Citizen activists decried Governor Davis' move Monday to deny voters knowledge of whether petition circulators vying for voters' signatures are paid or volunteers. The action follows a week in which the Governor has fallen under heavy fire for his failure to...
News Story
7/31/2001
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Sacramento Bee Gov. Gray Davis has vetoed a bill that would have informed voters whether the person gathering signatures for a new initiative is a volunteer or is a paid collector. Current law requires petitions that voters sign to qualify a proposal for the ballot to state that the person circulating it might either be paid or a volunteer....
News Story
7/30/2001
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Mayor Agran urges stricter campaign donation rules, which other California cities have adopted. Some see legal difficulties.Los Angeles Times Irvine may join a handful of California cities that have passed controversial campaign and ethics rules intended to prevent elected city officials from using their office to enrich themselves. The proposed...
News Release
7/17/2001
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
City Refuses to Provide Adequate Defense of Voter-Approved Conflict of Interest Reform Santa Monica abandoned its progressive mantle with its' attempt to harpoon an anti-kickback initiative passed by 59% of Santa Monica voters. The City has filed a collusive lawsuit and sued itself in order to kill the popular conflict of interest measure....
News Story
6/30/2001
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin Officials on Monday will interview two legal firms they are considering using to challenge Measure A, City Manager Glenn Southard said Thursday. The law firm chosen will represent Claremont in a suit already filed by Santa Monica seeking a judicial ruling on the constitutionality of a twin conflict of interest measure...
News Release
6/15/2001
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Proponents Say City Has Conflict of Interest, Seek Independent Defense of Voter Approved Law Banning Conflicts of Interest The City of Santa Monica's effort to block a new, voter-approved conflict of interest law has taken a bizarre turn, as city officials authorized the use of taxpayer dollars to sue itself in order to block the measure....
News Story
5/27/2001
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Three cities where voters approved donation curbs balk at implementing them.Los Angeles Times Campaign reform advocates turned to the ballot boxes in three Southern California cities over the past six months and won victories that they thought would help end the corrupting influences of political donations. So far, they remain frustrated that the...