Friday, April 29, 2011

Brunner Backs Off Lobbying Changes — for Now

By Robert Gammon
Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 9:32 AM

Oakland City Councilwoman Jane Brunner has tabled her proposal to gut the city’s already weak lobbying law — at least for now. Council President Larry Reid announced yesterday at a Rules Committee meeting that Brunner has decided to consult first with the League of Women Voters, an organization that has sought to strengthen Oakland’s lobbying and open government laws — not weaken them.

Brunner’s proposal, which would have exempted about half of the lobbyists in the city from having to disclose who they lobby or work for, was slated to go before the full council on Tuesday night. It’s not clear when or if it will be rescheduled.

“I’m pleased that conversations are happening … particularly with the league, which is a very respected organization in this arena,” said Councilwoman Libby Schaaf, who opposes Brunner’s proposal and who has submitted a lobbying overhaul plan that more closely resembles a recommendation made by the city’s Public Ethics Commission.

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