Yes on S: Scathing ‘Pay-to-Play’ Report Exposes Links from L.A. City Hall to Developers re: Meetings, Campaign Contributions & More

LOS ANGELES--()--The ‘Yes on S’ campaign, the force behind a City of Los Angeles ballot measure that is intended to reform the development process in the city and which will place a two-year moratorium—citywide—on development projects that attempt to get around the existing land zoning in Los Angeles, issued a scathing report exposing the current, largely hidden ‘pay-to-play’ culture infecting Los Angeles City Hall, the City Council and the City of L.A. Planning Department.

The report, dated and first issued yesterday (March 4, 2017), is titled “Pay-to-Play in the City of Los Angeles: A Timeline of City Council and L.A. City Staff Backroom Meetings with Developers and Lobbyists; Campaign Contributions to City Officials; and ‘Spot-zoning’ Approvals for Controversial Projects.” According to the Summary of “Pay-to-Play in Los Angeles City Government,” the report:

“…contains a comprehensive timeline of private meetings and dinners involving billionaire developers, elected City leaders and their staffs. It reveals that private meetings are rarely granted by elected leaders to L.A. residents who question the developments.

“The timeline, entirely made up of official city documents released under the California Public Records Act, or official city campaign finance and lobbyist data published by the L.A. City Ethics Commission, includes:

  • Dates and people present at private backroom meetings between developers and City Council officials and city employees.
  • Donations received by elected officials from these developers during the process.
  • City Council approval of projects achieved by badly bending L.A. zoning rules, often after private meetings and/or donations from the developer.

“Nine Los Angeles City Council members were asked by the Coalition to Preserve L.A. to divulge this public information. All nine failed to release the subject of these backroom meetings with developers. They divulged only the fact that the meetings happened, in response to California Public Records Act requests by the Coalition.”

Award-winning journalist Patrick Range McDonald, who helped assemble the report, said, “This is a road map of the pay-to-play system in City Hall. A peek that the public never gets to take.”

To read the full report1 click here.

1 Sourcing: All facts provided by Los Angeles City Ethics Commission or contained in official documents released by Los Angeles City Council members as required by the California Public Records Act.

Paid for by Coalition to Preserve LA
Sponsored by AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Yes on S.
10940 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 2000, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Additional information available at ethics.lacity.org

Contacts

The Coalition to Preserve LA
Vote Yes on S on March 7, 2017
Ileana Wachtel,
Communications Director, Yes on S
Ileana@voteyesons.org
or
AHF
Ged Kenslea, Communications Director
Mobile: (323) 791-5526
gedk@aidshealth.org

Release Summary

Yes on S: Scathing ‘Pay-to-Play’ Report Exposes Links from L.A. City Hall to Developers re: Meetings, Campaign Contributions & More

Contacts

The Coalition to Preserve LA
Vote Yes on S on March 7, 2017
Ileana Wachtel,
Communications Director, Yes on S
Ileana@voteyesons.org
or
AHF
Ged Kenslea, Communications Director
Mobile: (323) 791-5526
gedk@aidshealth.org