Villaraigosa's free-tickets fine made official by state ethics commission
The Fair Political Practices Commission made it official Monday, voting to fine Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa $21,000 for accepting free tickets to various athletic events, concerts and awards shows without reporting them as gifts.
The fine was approved without discussion, said Deputy Mayor Sarah Sheahan.
The vote was cast one day before the city’s Ethics Commission was scheduled to consider its own $20,849 penalty regarding the mayor’s violation of the city’s gift law, which prohibits elected officials from receiving any gift worth more than $100 from an entity seeking business from City Hall.
When combined, the two fines cover Villaraigosa’s appearance at 34 events, including Los Angeles Dodgers games, Los Angeles Lakers games, a Spice Girls concert and various awards shows. Villaraigosa said last year that he did not need to report his attendance at those events as gifts because he was performing official, or ceremonial, duties as mayor when he attended them.
Four members of the City Council also face a combined $13,300 in city fines resulting from their own appearances at Hollywood awards shows and dinners. The Ethics Commission also takes up those proposed fines Tuesday.
-- David Zahniser at Los Angeles City Hall
Photo: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Lu Parker attend a Lakers game at Staples Center in May 2010. Credit: Noel Vasquez / AFP/Getty Images