L.A. mayor faces fine for accepting sports tickets

10:13, April 02, 2011      

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa should pay a fine of nearly 42,000 U.S. dollars for unethical conduct of accepting unreported tickets to sporting and other events, California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) proposed Firday.

The mayor would pay 21,000 dollars to the FPPC and 20,849 dollars to the city ethics panel under a proposed settlement that still awaits a final approval from the FPPC and the California Ethics Commission (CEC), according to documents released by the FPPC, which will meet again April 11 on the issue.

The mayor came under fire last year for failing to report tickets he accepted to attend more than 30 events, including Los Angeles Lakers and Dodgers games, the Academy Awards, American Music Awards, the Primetime Emmy Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards and a 2009 "American Idol" finale show.

The mayor's "large number of unreported gifts ... deprived the public of knowledge of gifts from groups or individuals that may have had business before the city of Los Angeles," the FPPC said.

But the mayor's violation of the rules was "unintentional" because he has no prior history of violating the rules regarding acceptance of gifts, added the FPPC.

Source: Xinhua

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