LA City Council Members Fined For Accepting Award Show Tickets

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Four Los Angeles City Council members will pay a total of $13,300 in fines for accepting free tickets to various events, such as the Oscars and Emmy Awards, according to city Ethics Commission documents released Friday.

The commission is expected to approve the fines of Eric Garcetti, Jose Huizar, Herb Wesson and Tony Cardenas at its meeting Tuesday.

Garcetti will pay a fine of $4,800 for accepting tickets to the 2007 Emmy Awards and the 2007 and 2008 Oscars. Huizar will pay $2,100 for accepting tickets to the 2007 Academy Awards. Wesson will pay $3,900 for accepting tickets to the BET Awards in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Cardenas will pay $2,500 for accepting tickets to the 2008 Emmy Awards.

The commission on Tuesday will also approve the roughly $21,000 fine for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who has also agreed to pay a similar amount to the state Fair Political Practices Commission.

The city Ethics Commission will also approve fines for the groups that gave the various tickets, including the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ($13,250); Academy of Television Arts & Sciences ($7,900); Black Entertainment Television ($3,900) and AEG ($799).

The Recording Academy, which produces the Grammy Awards, will pay an $8,300 fine.


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