According to an e-mail thread published by the Los Cerritos News, Wendy Greuel sent her campaign manager John Shallman an advance copy of the city’s annual financial statements.
That’s right – before the public had a chance to glimpse the results, John Shallman had the report in his in-box.
Gee, do you think she could have at least cc’d Eric Garcetti so both campaigns had the information in hand simultaneously? Oh, what about the mayor and the rest of the City Council? It shows just how little Greuel thinks of the public and its elected representatives.
Greuel should be investigated for bypassing proper public disclosure. Deputy Controller Claire Bartels should also be questioned about her role. After all, this information is confidential until officially released.
According to the City of Los Angeles Governmental Ethics Ordinance
SEC. 49.5.3. Confidential Information. No current or former officer or employee
of the City shall use or disclose to any other person for pecuniary gain or personal advantage or privilege, confidential information acquired by him or her in the course of his or her official duties.
Wendy needs to answer for this.