Council passes full disclosure

Council passes full disclosure campaign contributions law

by Brian Simon

Citing a desire to restore integrity to the election process, the El Segundo City Council voted Tuesday night to adopt a full disclosure policy for all campaign contributions. Parties that donate money to candidates will be required to identify themselves and their employers, or face hefty penalties.

Disclosure will also be required of people who produce and distribute campaign literature.

The council’s main objectives are to eliminate anonymous "hit pieces" that attack candidates, and to prevent "bundling," by which large corporations influence election outcomes by having employees make individual contributions.

In other action:

The council approved the use of county Proposition A transportation funds to maintain the lunchtime shuttle program in downtown El Segundo for another year. Councilman Kelly McDowell reported that shuttle ridership continues to increase. He said additional stops are planned.

Approved a request to find a new management company to run The Lakes at El Segundo public golf course.

Requested an ordinance to prohibit cigarette sales through vending machines and other self-service means to limit access of tobacco products to minors.

Established a 90-day subcommittee to study local emergency response capabilities in the event of a terrorist attack.

Decided to change the name of Washington Park to Freedom Park and establish a memorial there to honor local people who perished in last month’s terrorist attacks.

Before concluding, Mayor Mike Gordon stated that parking structures inside LAX would soon reopen. He said he was hopeful curbside check-in would also resume. He described these developments as "important to El Segundo" since the city has been seeing significant traffic and parking impacts from airline passengers using the local streets. ER