On politics in the Golden State

June 29, 2010 | 2:43 pm

The Fair Political Practices Commission has begun an investigation to determine whether Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who has accepted thousands of dollars in free tickets to sporting events, awards shows and concerts, was engaging in his “ceremonial role or duty” when he accepted those gifts, officials said Tuesday.

FPPC’s executive director, Roman Porter, told The Times: “Due to the unique nexus of state and local laws, the FPPC was asked to open an investigation into allegations that Mayor Villaraigosa may have received reportable gifts and that some of these may exceed gift limits.”

Click here to read more about the investigation into Villaraigosa’s acceptance of free tickets.

— Patrick McGreevy in Sacramento