Proponents of adopting public financing systems for candidates in local and state elections will gather next week in Pasadena for a “Clean Money — Clean Cities” conference.

Praised by many on the left as a way to limit the influence of lobbyists and large donors, public financing systems allow qualifying candidates to forgo collecting contributions and receive a flat sum from the government to run their campaigns.

Last year’s Proposition 89 would have allowed public financing in state races, but was trounced at the polls.

The conference, which will feature activists and legal experts, is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of California and will take place March 15 at the Pasadena Conference Center, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena.

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— Joe Piasecki