Municipal Lobbying

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Lobbying in the City? 

At the City Council meeting of October 21, 2008, City Council adopted Ordinance No. 2117 requiring that any person or entity conducting lobbyist activity in the City of Manhattan Beach must register and disclose their status as a lobbyist. Any violation of this Ordinance is punishable as a misdemeanor.

Registration and Disclosure

Prior to acting as a lobbyist or conducting any lobbying activity in the City, an individual or entity shall register with the City Clerk by filing a written statement containing the following information:

  1. The lobbyist's full name, business address and telephone number (if the lobbyist is an entity the names of all individuals conducting lobbyist activity must also be provided);
  2. The name, business address and telephone number of any individual or entity by whom the lobbyist is employed, retained or engaged for compensation to perform lobbying services in the City;
  3. The government action or actions of the City as to which the lobbyist has been engaged.

Upon the material change in any of the foregoing information, the registered individual or entity shall update their registration to reflect the changed information within ten (10) days of the change.

Fee

Per the City's Fee Schedule, the City Clerk must collect a $14 fee upon filing of the lobbyist's registration. Registration is not considered complete until the fee is paid.

Acceptable forms of payments include: cash, checks, credit/debit cards, cashiers checks, and money orders. If paying by check, please make the check payable to, "City of Manhattan Beach." Payment can be made by mailing a check to the City Clerk's Office at 1400 Highland Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 or in-person at the Finance Department/Cashier's Desk at City Hall.