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City Docs Show How LB Councilmembers/Mayor Used 2015 Council Vote That Tripled Their Collectable "Officeholder" Accounts: See Who Gave Them Money And How The Incumbents Used It; Council Set To Vote Tonite On Whether To Change City Law Further To Let Themselves And Mayor Give Sums To Candidates For LB, State and Fed'l Offices is reader and advertiser supported. Support independent news in LB similar to the way people support NPR and PBS stations. We're not non-profit so it's not tax deductible but $49.95 (less than an annual dollar a week) helps keep us online.
(April 18, 2017, 5:55 a.m.) -- provides quick links below to City records showing how Long Beach City Council incumbents in districts 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 and Mayor Garcia exploited changes approved by a Council majority in 2015 that tripled the allowable totals they can solicit and collect annually from contributors to their "officeholder accounts."

The forms linked below are easy to read. Page 3 of the pdf shows total amounts collected between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2016 and cash on hand on Dec. 31. Schedule A shows from whom the incumbents received money. Schedule E (some also filed Schedule D) shows how the incumbents used it.

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In Jan 2015, Councilmembers voted to triple allowable officeholder totals on a 5-3 vote (Austin, Price, Mungo dissenting, supported doubling the amounts.) This raised allowable officeholder totals from $10,000 to $30,000 per Councilmember...and from $25,000 to $75,000. for citywide electeds (largest beneficiary was Mayor Garcia.) Some Councilmembers said at the time that tripling the amounts would allow them to collect more money they could use to support neighborhood groups and community events. The records below speak for themselves.


Sponsor is interested in your reaction(s) to the information above. Let us know in comments via Facebook and Disqus. We're especially interested in hearing from residents in the 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th and 9th district...where your incumbents are expected to seek re-election a little less than a year from now.


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Later today (April 18), the Council is scheduled to take a decisional vote on whether to change LB law to let themselves and citywide electeds use sums from their "officeholder accounts" to give to candidates seeking Long Beach, state and federal offices.




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