PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

5/7/2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 051719
Subject:
Residents Sought for City Ethics Commission
Contact:
Kevin Lee
Public Affairs Officer
City Manager's Office
562.570.6811
Kevin.Lee@longbeach.gov




Interested residents are encouraged to apply to serve on Long Beach’s Ethics Commission. On November 6, 2018, Long Beach voters approved Measure CCC which created an Ethics Commission in the City Charter composed of seven Long Beach residents for monitoring, administering and implementing governmental ethics in the City of Long Beach. 

The Commission’s responsibilities include the impartial and effective administration and implementation of the provisions of the Charter, statutes and ordinances concerning campaign financing, lobbying, conflicts of interest and governmental ethics.

“City Auditor Doud and I were strong supporters of Measure CCC, which created a new Ethics Commission,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “We are grateful that voters overwhelmingly passed the measure, and we encourage all interested residents to apply to fill these important positions.”

Ethics Commissioners serve a four-year term and members can serve no more than two   consecutive terms. The Mayor and the City Auditor will appoint two members each, with the City Council confirming the appointments. The remaining three members will be appointed by the confirmed four Commissioners.

“We want the Ethics Commission to be comprised of experts in public policy and law, governmental ethics, and campaign finance,” says City Auditor Laura Doud. “Those who apply must be fair-minded, diligent and committed to ensuring that the City adheres to ethical standards and to enhancing the ethical climate in the City.”

Requirements for all Ethics Commission members are as follows:

  • No member of the Commission, during his or her term, shall currently hold elective office in the City of Long Beach, including the Long Beach Unified School District Board or the Long Beach Community College Board of Trustees.

  • No member of the Commission, during his or her term, may serve as an officer in any election campaign for or against a candidate for any current elected office in the City of Long Beach, Long Beach Unified School District or the Long Beach Community College District, or any City or District measure.

  • No member of the Commission, during his or her term, may be an employee of the City.

  • No member of the Commission, during his or her term, may employ or be employed as a person required to register as a lobbyist with the City of Long Beach.

Requirements for the Mayor’s appointments include being involved with local civic organizations with a demonstrated history of involvement in local governance. Requirements for the City Auditor’s two appointments include a background in public policy or public law, governmental ethics or open government matters, campaign finance, auditing of ethics laws and/or protection of whistleblowers.

The application is available online at: 
http://www.longbeach.gov/mayor/action/commissions/. The Mayor and City Auditor plan to announce their appointees in June 2019.  Interested candidates should submit applications by June 7 for consideration. For more information about the Ethics Commission and its duties and responsibilities, residents can review a March 22, 2019 memo regarding the Ethics Commission Implementation.

 

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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