Cardenas Agrees to $3,500 Fine

From a Times Staff Writer

The city Ethics Commission unanimously agreed Tuesday to fine Los Angeles Councilman Tony Cardenas $3,500 for violating the city’s campaign-finance laws by accepting seven contributions above the $500 limit.

The fine is equal to the amount of excess contributions found during a routine audit of Cardenas’ 2001 primary campaign for the City Council.

The San Fernando Valley councilman agreed to pay the fine.

Cardenas lost to Wendy Greuel after a hard-fought campaign in 2002 to fill the vacancy created by the departure of longtime Councilman Joel Wachs. A former state assemblyman, Cardenas won another seat on the council the following year.


The seven excess contributions, totaling $1,000 each, came from the Official Police Garage Assn. of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles City Fire Department Chief Officers Assn., William M. Lasher, Gene A. Lucero, Funes Architecture and Architect Manuel Funes, ACS State & Local Solutions, and AMG & Associates.