On December 11, 2008, the California Fair Political Practices Commission adopted new rules that restrict the use of event tickets and passes by City officials and employees. As required by this new rule, the City of Long Beach must have a written policy stating the specific governmental or public purpose to be accomplished by the distribution of tickets that are exempt from the gift rule.
Two significant revenue generators that support public safety and other critical City services are transient occupancy and sales tax. Significant portions of these taxes are derived from visitors staying at local hotels and frequenting local stores and restaurants. The City of Long Beach is in a competitive environment, and it is critical that City officials and specific employees participate in promoting the City to convention and meeting clients considering Long Beach as a potential event destination.
The City has also focused efforts on attracting new development and businesses into the community. New development and jobs will improve the quality of life for all residents and contribute new revenue to support vital city services. It is essential that City officials and specific employees participate in events that further the City's economic development and development goals.
In order to further the above public and governmental purpose, a City official or employee may accept two (2) tickets for events, one for themselves and one for their spouse, in accordance with the following policy:
A. When the City of Long Beach is being promoted to prospective clients considering Long Beach as a convention or conference location. City officials and staff will be required to interface with clients and promote the City.
B. When the City or Redevelopment Agency is promoting the City to prospective developers or businesses for the purpose of development or business location opportunities. City Officials and staff will be required to interface with the clients and promote the City.