The Long Beach Republicans, who just recently announced their candidacy for Long Beach City Council, have responded to my article on transparency and disclosure on contracts. Please read their statement below:
LB Republican Response to Transparency and Disclosure
Amid renewed calls for transparency at all levels of government in regard to lobbyists and public contracts, the Long Beach Republican Committee and their 2015 candidates Angelo Lomonte, Catherine Quinn and Brian Higgins have released the following statement:
Seeking to engender a new level of trust between City Hall and its constituents, the Lomonte/Quinn/Higgins ticket endorses a set of tough new ethics laws requiring full disclosure by elected officials, top administrators and political leaders of all business dealings and investments both within Long Beach as well as outside the city limits. Additionally, they believe in the disclosure of all family relationships in the hiring and promotion of city personnel and the awarding of city contracts.
Said Lomonte, Quinn and Higgins: “We’re looking to institute a level of transparency in Long Beach where our constituents can agree that the best person, people or vendor(s) were awarded a contract, not just the most connected. As concerned members of our community we believe all residents need to know that the contracts given out by the city are based on merit and affordability, and if elected we will effect an intelligent and transparent bidding system that benefits residents of Long Beach and our greater community at large. We would also bring forth legislation to disclose any conflicts of interest in the hiring and promotion of city officials and employees. What has been the regular for past administrations, whether Democratic or Republican, cannot continue to be the norm. As elected members of the City Council, we pledge to forge legitimate and lasting reforms that everyone involved can be proud of.”