The Los Angeles Ethics Commission may review the mayor's acceptance of dozens of free tickets to concerts and sporting events since 2005 to make sure he did not violate rules for accepting gifts, it was reported today.
State and city laws require politicians to report gifts they receive, and accept no more than $420 worth of gifts or tickets from any one source in a year. But under state law, politicians are not required to report getting free tickets to events where they have a "ceremonial" or official role, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa "voluntarily initiated contact" with the Ethics Commission and the City Attorney Office regarding the acceptance of sporting and concert tickets, mayoral spokeswoman Sarah Hamilton told the newspaper.
Staffers in the mayor's office were working to document what Villaraigosa's "official" or ceremonial role was at each of 81 events he was scheduled to attend.
In a televised interview in May after sitting courtside at a Lakers game, where tickets generally run $3,100, the mayor acknowledged getting his ticket for free but said he performed an official duty.
Over the past five years, Villaraigosa has attended 13 Lakers games, often sitting courtside, and 12 Dodgers games. He's also attended the Academy Awards, the Emmy Awards and Grammy Awards.