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"The world of fund raising dinners and high-powered developers and lobbyists guarantees the field will never really be level." That's City Ethics Commissioner Bill Boyarsky reporting on last week's VIP reception at the Beverly Hilton, an event sponsored by the developers behind the recently shot-down Las Lomas project and NBC Universal's proposed $3 billion mixed-use Universal City project. He says that at the event "representatives of the two firms socialized in pleasant, comparatively intimate surroundings with the elected officials and others who will decide the fate of their projects." And while there's nothing illegal about such activity, it's also disheartening to hear about. "But as I finish the last four months of my City Ethics Commission term, such events fill me with a sense of futility." [LAObserved]