City Ethics Commission Declines to File Civil Action Against Sokol and Lambert For Campaign Contributions

Sokol, Lambert, Bonin, others.
Sokol, Lambert, Bonin, others.
Perhaps you recall that Venice Beach BID proponents Carl Lambert and Mark Sokol famously made a lot of campaign contributions to various City politicians, many of whom were responsible for voting on the BID. It’s plausible that this violates LA City ethics laws, and my colleages and I filed a complaint with the Ethics Commission on the matter. The law gives the commission 40 days to decide if they will proceed. Yesterday, 38 days after the complaint was filed, the Ethics Commission announced that it did not intend to pursue a civil action. So that happened. You can read their email after the break, but it doesn’t, and this seems proper, say much.

On October 3, 2016, the Ethics Commission received your written request to commence a civil action, pursuant to Los Angeles Municipal Code section 49.7.38, against Mark Sokol and Carl Lambert. The Commission does not intend to file a civil action in response to your request.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office at (213) 978-1960.

Thank you.

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