Lobbyists a Wedge Issue in Hollywood
|O'Sheehan voted to restrict lobbying in Hollywood.|
Now in the next election, the challengers to those five pro-lobbyist commissioners can use the vote in their campaigns: Hollywood's been hosed by commissioners who favor lobbyists, and your commissioner is part of the problem.
Yes, as Bober said at yesterday's meeting, there is a perception of "backroom dealing" at Hollywood City Hall. But practically speaking, an ordinance is not the best way to address it. The best way is to stop backroom dealing -- and that simply calls for more responsible governance from the city commissioners. In other words, a conscience.
Keep an eye on campaign contributions. Not just those of Furr and Commissioners Linda Sherwood, Patty Assef, Richard Blattner, and Fran Russo, who all voted against restricting lobbyist meetings. Watch the campaign finance reports of whomever runs against Bober and O'Sheehan. Here's betting those candidates are bankrolled by lobbyists.