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From the Sentinel (wife of the Pulp):
The cities, using the Broward League of Cities, are drafting their own ethics code, hoping the county will pass it instead. League Director Rhonda Calhoun said there is no stalling."We were not in any way trying to skirt out of anything,'' she said Wednesday. But she said some things in the code, which was designed with county commissioners in mind, are unrealistic.Calhoun said city elected officials on the League's board will meet Wednesday to discuss the alternatve version and to send a version to the cities for approvals. The League in early June would vote on a final version to give to the County Commission as a recommendation.Coconut Creek Commissioner Lisa Aronson said city officials were hoping to loosen some of the restrictions on lobbying, for example, because some of them work as lobbyists and would no longer be able to represent clients in front of other city governments. The escape clause should be offered to the smallest cities, she said, because they might have the most trouble adhering to the code.The gift ban, she said, is too strict. City officials don't make the $90,000-plus salary county commissioners do, she said, and can't always afford to pick up their own meals or event tickets."We spend a lot of time within our communities at meetings and functions,'' Aronson said, "and some people would even be offended if we were to turn down a bottle of water or offer to compensate them.''
*I stole that line from a source, whom I am officially thanking here.