- Associated Press - Sunday, May 10, 2015

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Pasadena city leaders received tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of free tickets to the Rose Bowl last year, prompting a request for investigation by the state Fair Political Practices Commission, according to a newspaper report.

Citing ticket-disclosure forms from 2014, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday (https://lat.ms/1KuH5m8) that the value of tickets received by officials was at least $42,000 - but could have been as high as $157,000.

Pasadena’s law allows officials to receive tickets for a variety of reasons, including cultivating the city’s business interests.

City Manager Michael Beck said the majority of the tickets officials get are distributed to community members, other city employees and people with whom the city wants to build business or civic relationships.

Lonnee Hamilton, the president of a homeowner’s association representing a street near the Rose Bowl, filed a complaint with the Fair Political Practices Commission saying that the ticket gifts represent a conflict of interest.

“My councilwoman voted to have Jay-Z and Beyonce come to Pasadena, and then she gets 12 tickets to the concert? To me that is just a problem,” Hamilton said, referring to former Councilwoman Jacque Robinson, who stepped down this year.

Hamilton’s complaint is under review, said Jay Wierenga, a spokesman for the Fair Political Practices Commission. The agency “takes all complaints seriously,” he said. But the agency would not comment on whether the agency plans to investigate, Wierenga told the Times.

The tickets were for six UCLA home football games, a soccer game and concerts featuring Jay-Z, Rihanna, Beyonce, Eminem and One Direction. City officials usually received multiple tickets per event.

Hamilton’s complaint says that Pasadena’s ticket gifts were excessive and ethically compromised council members who vote on Rose Bowl issues. It names each member of last year’s City Council, former Mayor Bill Bogaard and Beck.


Information from: Los Angeles Times, https://www.latimes.com/

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