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Soho House Helps Former L.A. Planning Director Get Huge Ethics Fine

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Former L.A. planning director faces $281,000 ethics fine, the largest of its kind

LOS ANGELES (LA Times) — The former head of the Los Angeles Department of City Planning is facing a $281,250 ethics fine, the largest financial penalty ever sought by the city’s Ethics Commission for a current or former city employee.

Michael LoGrande admitted to investigators that he repeatedly violated the city’s “revolving door” law, which prohibits high-level officials from lobbying elected officials, managers and other decision-makers during their first 12 months after leaving city employment, according to a report prepared by the enforcement arm of the City Ethics Commission.

LoGrande left his government job in January 2016 after spending more than five years running the department, which reviews real estate development projects across the city. Within a few months, he was lobbying planning department officials on behalf of the clients he had picked up while operating his new land-use consulting business, LoGrande and Co ., the report said.

One of those clients was Soho House & Co., which was seeking to redevelop an industrial building in the […]

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