Real-time reporting

first_imgThe loose reporting laws for lobbyists to reveal who they work for and what they are paid for their services were tightened up Tuesday. Instead of filing this information every six months, lobbyists must now do it quarterly. The new requirement means it will only take three months for citizens to find out what highly paid lobbyist has been hired to shill for which well-heeled interest. But that’s still three months too late. What the city needs, and should have, is real-time reporting requirements for lobbyists. There ought to be instant accountability the minute a contract is signed. City officials, led by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, have made some strides toward cleaning up politics at City Hall. One of the biggest pieces was realizing that it is a clear conflict for lobbyists to sit on city commissions. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Requiring immediate disclosure of lobbyists and clients would be a huge step down the road of true ethics reform for a city government that very recently found itself mired in corruption probes. As it works now, the damage done through the influence network has already been done by the time lobbyists are required to file their forms. As citizens, we have a right to know who is getting paid to push what to politicians. For that matter, we have a right to know which lobbyists are meeting with politicians. With the ease of e-mail and electronic reporting over the Internet, it’s reasonable to require that this type of information be posted weekly, or even daily. If the goal is to make City Hall a place that works fairly for all interests, then elected officials must do more than make feeble attempts to tighten accountability rules.last_img

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