Lobbyist Program

The Oceanside City Council adopted Ordinance No. 06-OR0287-1 on May 3, 2006. The ordinance adds Chapter 16C to the City Code, relating to municipal lobbyist registration and reporting requirements.

CityCode Chapter 16C

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You must register with the City Clerk as a lobbyist within fifteen (15) days after qualifying as a lobbyist. The fee to register is $150.00 per firm or individual, plus a $15 fee per client. The fees must accompany the registration forms.

Annual registration, including all fees, are due by January 15 of each year.

How to Register

1.    For both initial and renewal registration fill out Form L-100. Check the appropriate box on the form to indicate initial or annual registration.  

2.    Pay the correct registration fee and client fees electronically or mail a check to the City Clerk Department. Click here to make a payment.

3.    Submit the completed application and a copy of the receipt for payment of fees to lobbyistinfo@ci.oceanside.ca.us or mail to the City Clerk Department.

4.    For each lobbyist, provide a 4”x 6” photo (shot from the shoulders up, full view of face). You may email the photo to lobbyistinfo@ci.oceanside.ca.us or mail to the City Clerk Department.

5.    For newly registered Lobbyists’ you must complete Ethics Training within 180 days of initial registration and provide a certificate of completion to the City Clerk Department. This is not required annually. You may email the certificate to lobbyistinfo@ci.oceanside.ca.us or mail to the City Clerk Department. 

Report any change in information to the City Clerk, in writing, within 15 days after the change occurs.

How to Add an Additional Client

1.    To add a new client fill out Form L-200.

2.    Pay the correct client fee. ($15 per client)

3.    Submit the completed form and a copy of the receipt for payment of fees to lobbyistinfo@ci.oceanside.ca.us or mail to the City Clerk Department.  

Form L-200 is due within 10 days of being retained to lobby on behalf of any person/firm who was not listed on the lobbyist’s initial or annual report

How to Terminate a Lobbyist or Client

1.    To terminate a lobbyist or client fill out Form L-400.

2.    Submit the completed form and a copy of the receipt for payment of fees to lobbyistinfo@ci.oceanside.ca.us or mail to the City Clerk Department.  

Lobbyists shall file a Notice of Termination within 30 days of the termination of their lobbyist status. Please note: You will still be required to file an annual report up through your termination date.

If mailed, forms must be postmarked on or before the deadline date. If postmarked after the deadline date, the form will have been considered delinquent.

FORMS

Form L-100

Registration form - for initial registration and annual renewal and amendments

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Form L-200

Supplemental reporting form - to add new clients

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Form L-400

Termination form – for individual lobbyists, lobbying firms or clients

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Note: Report any change in information to the City Clerk, in writing, within 15 days after the change occurs.

For more information, please contact the City Clerk Department at (760) 435-3000 or email lobbyistinfo@ci.oceanside.ca.us.

City Clerk Department

300 North Coast Highway

Oceanside, CA 92054 


What is lobbying?

The ordinance defines lobbying as influencing or attempting to influence a legislative or administrative action of the City by direct communication with any City official or any commission, committee, board, task force or member of any other body of the City.

What other requirements must a lobbyist fulfill?

  1. Copies of the records pertaining to the reports are to be preserved by the lobbyist for inspection and audit for 4 years from the date of filing the report with the City Clerk.

  2. Identification – when appearing in a lobbying capacity at any meeting with a City official or at a meeting of the City Council, or board, committee or commission, the lobbyist needs to identify himself or herself and the client(s) or organization he or she represents.


What penalties are attached to the Ordinance?

Any lobbyist who fails to register, file the required forms and pay the required fees may be cited and fined under the provisions of the Administrative Remedies Ordinance (Section 1.14 of the City Code). Additionally, registration or renewals or other reports to be filed may not be accepted until all delinquent fees and fines are paid, which means that no lobbying can take place.

Any lobbyist who fails to submit his or her registration, annual renewal, or quarterly and supplemental reports or who fails to identify himself or herself as a lobbyist is guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to criminal penalties under Section 1.7 of the City Code. In addition or in lieu of a criminal action, the City Attorney may bring a civil action and/or may seek injunctive relief in the courts. In addition to or in lieu of a criminal or civil action, the provisions under the Administrative Remedies Ordinance are applicable (see City Code Sections 1.14 through 1.18).

No person convicted of a criminal violation of Chapter 16C may act as a lobbyist or attempt to influence municipal legislation for compensation for 2 years after such conviction.

Who is exempt from registering as a lobbyist or lobbying firm?

  • Any City official or any federal, state or local elected or appointed official acting in his/her official capacity.
  • Any employee of the City or federal, state or local governmental entity acting within the scope of his/her employment
  • Any news media engaged solely in the publication or broadcasting of news, editorials, commentary, or paid advertisements, which urge legislative or administrative action
  • Any person whose sole activity is to:
    1. submit a bid on a competitively bid contract
    2. submit a written response to a request for proposals or qualifications
    3. participate in an oral interview for a request for proposals or qualifications
    4. negotiate the terms of a contract or agreement with the City once the City has authorized entering into an agreement with that person
  • Any person whose communications are solely related to a collective bargaining agreement or memorandum of understanding between the City and a recognized City employee organization.


Who must file as a lobbyist or lobbying firm?

Individual Lobbyist means any individual who is employed, retained or otherwise engaged for compensation to lobby, on behalf of another person, any elected or appointed City official or any commission, committee, board, task force or member of any other body of the City.

Lobbying firm means a person that has one or more employees who are lobbyists on behalf of a client or clients.

Compensation means any economic consideration for services rendered or to be rendered in the future. This includes, but is not limited to, contractual arrangements, contingency fees, success fees, bonuses or awards, or salary.