This special election marks the second time in just over two years that a City Council member in the Valley has resigned early to take a high paying job as a lobbyist. While it lines their pockets, it leaves LA taxpayers footing the bill for a special election. The city estimates that this special CD12 election will cost $2.4 million. One of my first motions when I get to City Hall will be to establish a waiting period that prevents our elected officials from becoming registered lobbyists immediately after their terms. Eleven states have such prohibitions and we need one in LA.