Los Angeles City Ethics Committee
(CEC) Agenda


City Ethics Commission

Helen Zukin - President
Paul Turner - Vice-president

Nedra Jenkins
Valerie Vanaman


LeeAnn M. Pelham
Executive Director

200 North Spring Street
City Hall – 24th Floor
Los Angeles CA 90012
(213) 978-1960
(213) 978-1988 Fax

Whistleblower Hotline: (800) 824-4825




September 15, 2009
9:30 a.m.

City Hall Room 1050 (10th Floor)
200 North Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012



1. Call to Order.

2. Public Comment.

Testimony on issues that are within the Commission’s jurisdiction but are not listed on the agenda will be taken at this time. If a speaker is not addressing matters within the Commission’s jurisdiction, the presiding officer will ask the speaker to conclude. Each speaker will be allowed five minutes.

3. Approval of draft minutes for the meeting of July 14, 2009.

4. Executive director’s report [LeeAnn Pelham].

5. Policy and legislation report [Heather Holt].

6. Discussion and possible action on matching funds allocations for the 2009 special elections [Heather Holt & Eric Tan].

7. Consideration of and action on the following proposed stipulated settlement:

In the Matter of: Bernard Parks; Bernard Parks for City Council – Officeholder
Account; and Treasurer Mary Ellen Padilla, CEC Case No. 2008-53 [Deena Ghaly & Nilon Seals III].

8. Quarterly activity report by enforcement division [Deena Ghaly].

9. Consideration of and action on statements of economic interests for commission and department head SEI reviews [Shannon Prior].
Statements of appointees receiving CAUTIONARY letters that highlight areas in which potential conflicts of interests could arise:

Airport Commission – Mr. Sam Nazarian
Area Planning Commissions –
Mr. Franklin Acevedo (Central)
Ms. Noelle Guzman (South Valley)
Ms. Kei Karen Nagao (East Los Angeles)
Mr. Phillip Trigas (Harbor)
Building and Safety Commission – Ms. Helena Jubany
Commission for Children, Youth and Their Families – Mr. Ari Ruiz
City Employees’ Retirement System Board – Ms. Roberta Conroy
City Ethics Commission –
Ms. Marlene Canter
Ms. Valerie Vanaman
Civil Service Commission – Mr. Gabriel Esparza
Community Redevelopment Agency Board – Dr. Lula Bailey Ballton
Cultural Affairs Commission – Mr. Adolfo J. Nodal
Fire Commission – Ms. Diana M. Bonta
Fire and Police Pension Board –
Mr. Dean Hansell
Mr. Raúl Pérez
Mr. Adlai Wertman
Harbor Commission – Mr. Joseph Radisich
Industrial Development Authority –
Justice Armand Arabian
Ms. Carmel Sella
Board of Neighborhood Commissioners – Mr. Albert Abrams
Planning Commission – Mr. Sean O. Burton
Police Commission – Ms. Andrea Ordin
Taxicab Commission – Mr. Bruce G. Iwasaki

Statements of appointees receiving STANDARD letters indicating there are no apparent conflicts of interests:

Commission for Children, Youth and Their Families – Dr. Sonia Molina
Convention Center Board – Mr. Archie C. Purvis
Cultural Heritage Commission – Ms. Roella H. Louie
Commission on Disability – Mr. Louis Herrera
El Pueblo De Los Angeles Historical Monument Authority –
Mr. Angel R. Cervantes
Mr. Timothy R. Martella

10. Announcements and requests to schedule items on future agendas.

11. Adjournment.

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