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Jan102017

L.A. CITY HALL: Real estate developers, campaign contrbutions, proposed ban: "L.A. politicians propose banning campaign contributions from developers" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "L.A. politicians propose banning campaign contributions from developers" - From the LAT:

Los Angeles politicians called Tuesday for a ban on political contributions from real estate developers while they are seeking city approval for their projects, in an attempt to counter the perception that money drives planning decisions at City Hall. 

The proposal signed by City Council members David Ryu, Joe Buscaino, Paul Krekorian, Paul Koretz and Mike Bonin would direct the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission to draft a new law that would prohibit donations from development companies and their principals during and shortly after city reviews of their building projects. To achieve that goal, they said, the city would need to craft a legal definition of “developer” that would cast “as wide a net as possible.” 

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The ban is being proposed in the wake of a series of stories by The Times about the influx of political  contributions from real estate developers and their associates as their projects are reviewed at City Hall.

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Concern over campaign donations from real estate developers has also been a major theme of the campaign for Measure S, a March ballot measure that would temporarily bar some large-scale building projects .............