Ethics: Where Angelenos Fear to Tread

A panel proposes the toughest guidelines yet for city employees

When Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley appointed a special commission in April to come up with a new city ethics code, critics dismissed it as a face-saving device. After all, Bradley had just narrowly won re-election after a campaign that centered on his alleged ethical lapses -- including his serving as a paid adviser to two banks that did business with the city. But last week the seven- member panel proved it was no rubber stamp. It proposed a code of conduct for city employees and elected officials that may be the most stringent in the country.

The code would outlaw...

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