Gil Cedillo

Lobbyist faces fine after inviting L.A. politicians to his $51,000 birthday party downtown

A longtime lobbyist faces a proposed fine of more than $11,000 for inviting dozens of Los Angeles city officials to a birthday party.

A Los Angeles City Ethics Commission investigation found that John Ek violated city rules that restrict gifts from lobbyists to city officials when he hosted a 50th birthday party for himself at a downtown bistro two years ago.

Ek paid more than $51,000 for the invitation-only event at Perch Los Angeles, which included food, an open bar and musical entertainment and drew roughly 250 guests. He invited 37 city officials...