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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.
Registration form - for initial registration and annual renewal and amendments
Supplemental reporting form - to add new clients
Termination form – for individual lobbyists, lobbying firms or clients
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) 435-3001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
City Clerk Department
300 North Coast Highway
Oceanside, CA 92054
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.
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.
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.