New City Council Document Policy the First in Decades

The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved today what appears to be the first formal policy in decades for keeping and destroying documents and records by city councilmembers. The so-called “retention schedules” map out...

City Agency to Release Contents of LaBonge Computers

The city’s Information Technology Agency will be turning over documents from the computer hard drives of former Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge and his staff next week to current councilmember David Ryu, according...

Lawsuit Seeks Sanctions vs. City Over LaBonge Doc Destruction

(LOS ANGELES) A lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court against the city regarding the destruction of documents by former Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge related to a Hollywood Hills land-use case is asking...

D.A. Reviewing Doc Destruction Complaints

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office is reviewing the issue regarding the destruction of 14 years’ worth of public records, amounting to hundreds of thousands of documents, by former Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom...

Tossed Documents Beg Questions Re: LaBonge Spending

LOS ANGELES—Thirty-five boxes of former Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge’s public records that were previously marked for destruction were made available to the public and the news media in February, and some cast...

[EDITORIAL] Independent Investigation Needed

When the Ledger first learned boxes of public records marked for destruction were discoverd accidentally at Piper Technical Center near City Hall, we reviewed the city’s policy of records retention and destruction on its website and...

Expert Says: LaBonge & City May Have Violated State Law

(LOS ANGELES) The 1stAmendment Coalition today said, upon further inspection, the city of Los Angeles and former Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge are possibly in violation of state law pertaining to the preservation...

City Policy May Change Per LaBonge Document Issue

LOS ANGELES–The Los Angeles City Clerk confirmed today elected city councilmembers and the mayor are not subject to city policies and procedures regarding the destruction of public records and documents. Known as “retention schedules,” these...

At Least 113 Boxes Ordered Destroyed by LaBonge

LOS ANGELES—Over 100 filled boxes with documents from outgoing Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge’s office were moved from his City Hall suite in June and transported to the city’s records manager with the...