A proposed civil and human rights ordinance prohibiting discrimination and other forms of bigotry in Los Angeles was approved by a City Council committee Thursday, along with a recommended makeup of a commission that will oversee the ordinance.
The commission would investigate violations of the ordinance, with the power to levy fines.
As originally written, the ordinance called for the commission to have five members appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the City Council. But Peter Schey, a civil rights attorney and the city’s legal adviser on immigration issues, told the Immigrant Affairs, Civil Rights and Equity Committee last month he thought the commission should have at least 12 members with as many as eight appointed by the City Council.
Councilman Gil Cedillo, who chairs the committee, came forward Thursday with another option, which is for the commission to have 15 members, with one member appointed by each of the 15 City Council members and approved by the full council, and that proposal was approved by the committee.
The motion to create the ordinance says the proposed law “must provide remedies easily accessible to victims of discrimination and include severe penalties to discourage the exploitation of and discrimination against the city’s residents.”
The ordinance was first proposed by Council President Herb Wesson and Cedillo, but will need to be approved by the full City Council.