It’s Official - The LA City Ethics Commission Has No Jurisdiction Over Neighborhood Council Ethics!
This one comes under the heading of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. After filing Conflict of Interest Charges against Bradley in December, I have never heard from the LA City Ethics Commission. So, your intrepid reporter went to today’s (January 15, 2011) monthly meeting, and under Public Comment, asked the obvious question of whether or not they were going to do anything about the filing, and whether or not the Commission has any jurisdiction to process Ethics Violations regarding members of Neighborhood Councils.
Surprise. The City Attorney for the Commission clearly stated that the LA City Ethics Commission has no jurisdiction to handle Neighborhood Council ethics violations. Just for context, it is the LA City Ethics Commission that has developed the mandatory Neighborhood Council Ethics Training Program.
The Commission and their staff declined to state anything about who in the heck DOES have the jurisdiction to handle ethics complaints/violations by Neighborhood Council members, but I have a sneaky suspicion that you and I know the answer. No one.
This will no doubt come as a nasty surprise to the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE), and the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners (BONC), but I think that DONE and BONC got the ‘you know what’. What irony.
On a more serious note, I truly feel bad for all my friends in LANCC and the Neighborhood Council System, because it turns out that the actions of one allegedly bad apple may well have an adverse effect on a lot of bright, hard working, and dedicated people in the Neighborhood Council movement.
In the interests of completeness, after the meeting I went to the Ethics Commission Office and filed a request to have the Ethics Commission force Bradley (EBE Associates) to file as a lobbyist under the City Lobbyist Ordinance, since that’s essentially what he is doing. Let’s see if they Ethics Commission has any jurisdiction there.