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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California
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City of Long Beach
Measure CCC - Majority Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

81,462 votos si (61.79%)

50,381 votos no (38.21%)

100% de distritos activos (219/219).

Shall the City Charter be amended to create an ethics commission of Long Beach residents for the purpose of monitoring, administering and implementing governmental ethics in the City of Long Beach?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

Información básica sobre la iniciativa de ley — Información oficial sobre esta iniciativa

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

Charles Parkin, City Attorney

CHARTER AMENDMENT TO ESTABLISH A CITY ETHICS COMMISSION

Voter approval of Measure “CCC” would amend the City Charter to establish a City Ethics Commission, for the purpose of impartially administering and implementing governmental ethics in the City of Long Beach. On August 7, 2018, the Long Beach City Council placed Measure “CCC” on the ballot for the consideration of Long Beach voters.

The City Charter does not currently provide for an Ethics Commission. The proposed measure would create a seven-member Ethics Commission with the responsibility for the impartial administration and implementation of the provisions of the City Charter, statutes and ordinances concerning campaign finance, lobbying, conflicts of interest and governmental ethics. The Commission would also make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council concerning the effectiveness of these laws; assist City departments in developing conflict of interest codes; advocate for understanding of the Charter, City ordinances and the roles of elected and other public officials, City institutions and the City electoral process; develop an educational program to familiarize newly elected and appointed officers and employees, candidates for elective office and their campaign treasurers, and lobbyists with City, state and federal ethics laws and the importance of ethics to the public’s confidence in municipal government; and perform such other duties as may be established by the Charter or the Municipal Code. Enforcement of ethics laws would continue to be carried out by the state Fair Political Practices Commission, the Attorney General, District Attorney, City Attorney and City Prosecutor, as appropriate.

Under the proposed measure, the Mayor and City Auditor would each appoint two members to the Commission, to be confirmed by the City Council. The remaining three members would be appointed by the initial four Commissioners, following a public recruitment and application process.

Staffing for administrative and management functions of the Commission will be addressed in the Municipal Code. The Commission will have a budget, as determined by the City Council, sufficient to conduct the Commission’s mission and business. There are potential fiscal impacts associated with this measure, which are unknown at this time.

Measure “CCC” requires simple majority approval of Long Beach voters to pass.

A “Yes” vote will approve Measure “CCC”.

A “No” vote will not approve Measure “CCC”.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

YES ON MEASURE CCC – Establishing an Independent Ethics Commission

Join Mayor Robert Garcia, City Auditor Laura Doud, City Councilmember Al Austin, former Mayor Bob Foster, and former Assemblymember and Vice Mayor Bonnie Lowenthal and Vote Yes on Measure CCC.

Elected and appointed officials need to serve the interests of the City and its residents. Across the country and locally, we have seen too many examples of public officials using their position to serve their own interests at the expense of the public interest. We can make sure this does not happen in Long Beach by voting yes on Measure CCC.

Measure CCC will create an independent Ethics Commission in Long Beach to hold local politicians and public officials accountable to strong ethical standards.

The independent Ethics Commission would help monitor our existing lobbying ordinance and promote and enforce good government measures for both elected and appointed members of our local government. It will also enhance public confidence in the fairness and transparency of our local government. Creation of an independent Ethics Commission will help safeguard and advance the public interest.

Measure CCC ensures the Ethics Commission is made up of qualified residents that include experts in public law, public policy, campaign finance, auditing, and those who have demonstrated a history of involvement in local governance. Measure CCC prohibits the appointment of elected officials and lobbyists to ensure regular citizens will enforce ethics rules for our city government.

Measure CCC is a good government measure that will make our government more effective, efficient, and ethical.

We urge you to Vote YES on MEASURE CCC to make sure our local leaders are held to the highest ethical standards.

Please join us in voting YES on Measure CCC!

ROBERT GARCIA
Mayor of Long Beach

LAURA L. DOUD
City Auditor of Long Beach

AL AUSTIN II
City Councilmember, Long Beach

BOB FOSTER
Former Mayor of Long Beach

BONNIE LOWENTHAL
Former Assemblymember and Vice Mayor

Argumento EN CONTRA

Can we trust an Ethics Commission that is not independent? Sure, if we can trust the fox guarding the henhouse!

The Mayor claims that we need an independent Ethics Commission to ensure our government follows ethics laws. But the Mayor and Auditor get to select the commission members who are supposed to be checking on themselves!

This measure is fatally flawed, a self-serving document written by politicians for politicians. It will allow the Mayor and Auditor to pick “insiders” to serve on this Commission. It does absolutely nothing to advance public trust in local government.

As proposed, the Ethics Commission cannot be trusted to be an impartial and effective overseer of campaign financing, lobbying, conflicts of interest and governmental ethics. It reports findings only to the people it’s supposed to be watching over. The Commission can implement but not enforce governmental ethics.

This measure, as written, WOULD NOT:
– Prevent policy actions like the 2002 pension spike.
– Provide protection against the huge sums of money being spent on our local “non-partisan” elections.
– Stop developer, lobbyist, corporate, and union relationships with elected officials that generously fund campaigns and special interests.
– Prevent abuses like tripling their contributor-funded office-holder accounts (2015) and using them to elect their friends to political offices (2017) for political gain.

This ethics measure does NOT ensure greater transparency. It did NOT come from the public. While lobbyists and special interests have easy access to the Mayor and Council, the public is limited to a mere 2-3 minutes each council meeting.

And, in some cases, none at all.

Vote NO on the unethical Ethics Commission!

JUAN E. OVALLE
Outreach Director, People of Long Beach

DIANA LEJINS
Taxpayer Rights Advocate

RAE GABELICH
Former 8thDistrict Councilmember

GLENNIS DOLCE
Community Advocate

Refutación al argumento A FAVOR

VOTE NO on Measure CCC

City hall politicians say they want “an independent Ethics Commission.” — NOT TRUE

Is it independent? NO — The politicians select four commissioners, who in turn select the other three.

Is it ethical? NO — Not when the politicians select their buddies.

Will it be an investigative body with subpoena power? NO & NO

Will it prevent corruption at City Hall? NO

Can you trust an “Ethics” Commission to watch over the politicians who gave them their jobs? — NO

This UNETHICAL COMMISSION:

Won’t promote or enforce good government measures for elected and appointed officials or ensure greater transparency.

Can’t enforce ethics rules for our politicians or hold them accountable to strong ethical standards.

Will further degrade public confidence in the fairness and transparency of our government.

Is a self-serving sham intended to provide cover for the politicians who wrote it.

This commission would be controlled and accountable only to the politicians themselves, thereby reducing accountability and transparency.

This commission has no ability to enforce ethics laws.

Placement on the ballot has wasted our tax dollars, and it’s meant to mask our government’s corruption. It also distracts from the true aim of these charter amendments, the attempt to extend term limits.

Don’t trust the fox to guard the henhouse.

VOTE NO on Measure CCC!

JUAN E. OVALLE
Director of Outreach, People of Long Beach

DIANA LEJINS
Taxpayer Rights Advocate

ROBERT E. FOX
Executive Director of the Council of Neighborhood Organization

JOHN R. DEATS
Neighborhood Activist

Refutación al argumento EN CONTRA

Vote Yes on Measure CCC and create an Independent Ethics Commission

Measure CCC ensures an independent Ethics Commission made up of qualified residents that include experts in public law, public policy, campaign finance, auditing, and those who have demonstrated a history of involvement in local governance.

Measure CCC prohibits the appointment of elected officials and lobbyists to ensure regular citizens will enforce ethics rules for our city government.

Our Elected and appointed officials should serve the interests of the City and its residents. Across the country and locally, we have seen too many examples of public officials using their position to serve their own interests at the expense of the public interest. We can make sure this does not happen in Long Beach by voting yes on Measure CCC.

Measure CCC will create an independent Ethics Commission in Long Beach to hold local politicians and public officials accountable to strong ethical standards.

The independent Ethics Commission would help monitor our existing lobbying ordinance and promote and enforce good government measures for both elected and appointed members of our local government. It will also enhance public confidence in the fairness and transparency of our local government.

Measure CCC is a good government measure that will make our government more effective, efficient, and ethical.

We urge you to Vote YES on MEASURE CCC to make sure our local leaders are held to the highest ethical standards.

ROBERT GARCIA
Long Beach Mayor

LAURA L. DOUD
Long Beach City Auditor

BONNIE LOWENTHAL
Former Assemblymember &-Vice Mayor

BOB FOSTER
Former Mayor /Long Beach

AL AUSTIN II
City Councilmember

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