A Los Angeles City Council committee advanced several proposals Wednesday intended to create more oversight and transparency of city development projects, in response to recent corruption cases.

One of the proposals the Rules, Elections and Intergovernmental Relations Committee approved was to develop policies that would expand the requirements for when council members have a conflict of interest and must exclude themselves from voting on certain projects.

These standards would be the same ones used by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Authority, according to the motion.

“It is incumbent on this City Council to go above and beyond in its measures of transparency and accountability,” said Councilman David Ryu, who co-authored the motion. “This legislation would give Los Angeles the highest recusal standard of any city in the nation, and the people of Los Angeles deserve nothing less.”

The committee also approved a motion for full council consideration to seek ways to require any meetings between developers and individual council members be disclosed if they are held outside of a public forum.

“One thing we cannot legislate is personal integrity,” said Council President Nury Martinez, who also chairs the rules committee. “However, we also have this land-use system that is in real need, serious need of reform. Currently, (it) just doesn’t really work for anyone.”

The committee also moved forward to have a report prepared by the City Attorney’s Office on ways to prohibit a property owner or developer from seeking approvals or entitlements if a court ruling determines they conspired to violate city laws and other measures.

The proposals are related to the fallout from the alleged conduct of suspended Councilman Jose Huizar, who was indicted earlier this year on federal charges of conspiracy to commit bribery and racketeering while he was chairman of the Planning and Land Use Committee.

Huizar has since pleaded not guilty to more than 30 federal charges.

But the proposals also were related to the conduct of former Councilman and PLUM Committee member Mitch Englander, who recently pleaded guilty to a federal criminal charge for obstructing an investigation into whether he took cash, escort services and other gifts from a businessman involved in major development projects in the city.

Part of the series of proposals the committee approved was to develop criteria for “high-value projects” to be considered directly by the full City Council instead of at its PLUM Committee.

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