LOBBYISTS SWARM ONTO CABLE ISSUE.
Political battles over cable access and the development of the Playa Vista properties produced the greatest paid lobbying efforts at Los Angeles City Hall during the first quarter of this year, the city Ethics Commission reported Thursday.
During the first three months of the year, the commission reported that $248,858 was spent on lobbying fees by those involved with the cable access issue and $165,275 on the Playa Vista development.
Ethics Commission officials said they periodically issue reports on major lobbying efforts for projects being considered by city government.
AT&T spent the most for lobbyists on the cable access issue, paying $163,991 to five firms. Next came GTE Internetworking Inc. at $35,200, Adelphia Communications at $19,545, Open Access Alliance at $15,390, Los Angeles Cable Operators Association at $11,949 and America Online, $1,290.
The cable access issue has been a hot topic for more than a year. The cable companies have spent more than $500,000 lobbying to control access to their own systems and not be required to open them to other Internet service providers.
While the city has yet to adopt a policy on access, the cable operators are also faced with public hearings on renewing their franchises in the city. That process is expected to take about 15 to 18 months.
The long-stalled Playa Vista project has become of greater interest in recent months since the decision by DreamWorks SKG to go elsewhere with its proposed movie studio.
Playa Vista is proposed as a 1,087-acre development including residential, office, retail, hotel and community buildings, a restored salt marsh, a marina and an entertainment district. About $135 million from Mello-Roos bonds and $45 million in city bond revenues.
Playa Capital Co. paid $165,275 to five firms to promote the proposal, which has bogged down in council committees amid new environmental concerns.
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|Date:||May 26, 2000|
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