A Mayoral Endorsement Flap

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The LA City Ethics Commission says it cannot confirm or deny whether there will be an investigation of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office, after an official endorsement went out yesterday of Democratic president candidate Hillary Clinton. That endorsement came from City Hall. And journalists and watchdogs soon pounced, claiming that the Mayor violated city ethics laws by using city infrastructure for the nod.

KCRW's Steve Chiotakis spoke with Jessica Levinson, who’s a law professor at Loyola Marymount University and President of the LA City Ethics Commission. The mayor’s office sent out a statement shortly after the endorsement saying it had been sent in error. And then, later, said the endorsement still stands but that they had made a mistake sending it out from his City Hall office. Peter Jamison told the story in the LA Times, and Dakota Smith wrote about it in the LA Daily News.

Credits

Guests:
Jessica Levinson - Professor, LMU's Loyola Law School in Los Angeles - @LevinsonJessica, Peter Jamison - Washington Post - @petejamison, Dakota Smith - LA Times - @dakotacdsmith

Host:
Steve Chiotakis

Producer:
Benjamin Gottlieb