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FPPC Enforcement Decisions: April 8, 2010

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Contact: Roman Porter, (916) 322-7761


The following are enforcement decisions approved by the Fair Political Practices Commission at its regular monthly meeting held in Sacramento on Thursday, April 8, 2010. Decisions are listed by category and include a brief summary of each case and the total amount of any administrative fine or fines in each case.

Additional information on each of the enforcement cases below can be found in the April agenda on the FPPC website at www.fppc.ca.gov. FPPC agendas are distributed and posted on the agency website 10 days prior to each monthly meeting.

The web version of the agenda includes links to the stipulations agreed to by the commission and by the individuals and organizations subject to the fines, or the default decisions proposed to the commission. Exhibits in support of the stipulations and proposed default decisions are also available on the website. If you are unable to access the FPPC website, or need further assistance, please call the FPPC communications office at (916) 322-7761.

Campaign Reporting Violations

Salvador Franco and Committee to Re-Elect Salvador Franco. Salvador Franco, a former member of the Bell Gardens City Council, and his controlled committee, Committee to Re-Elect Salvador Franco, failed to file two pre-election campaign statements; failed to file three late contribution reports; and failed to file a post-election semi-annual campaign statement. $12,500 fine.

Californians for SAFE Food, a coalition of public health and food safety experts, labor unions, consumers, family farmers and veterinarians. No on Proposition 2 and J. Richard Eichman. Californians for SAFE Food, a coalition of public health and food safety experts, labor unions, consumers, family farmers and veterinarians. No on Proposition 2 was a primarily formed ballot measure committee originally sponsored by the Pacific Egg and Poultry Association. J. Richard Eichman was the treasurer of the committee. They failed to disclose Pacific Egg and Poultry Association as a sponsor on the committee’s statement of organization, and to include Pacific Egg and Poultry Association in the committee’s name; and failed to file an amended statement of organization within ten days to disclose United Egg Producers, Inc., as a sponsor of the committee. $5,000 fine.

Compton Community College Federation of Employees Local 3486 Committee On Political Education (C.O.P.E.) and Dovard Ross, a sponsored state general purpose committee, and its treasurer, failed to file a statement of organization within 10 days of qualifying as a recipient committee; and failed to file a semi-annual campaign statement by the January 31, 2007, due date for the reporting period of July 1 to December 31, 2006. $4,000 fine.

Marin Professional Firefighters Political Action Committee, a sponsored state general purpose committee, in its semi-annual campaign statement filed for the reporting period of July 1 through December 31, 2005, failed to disclose making nonmonetary contributions to seven local candidates. $4,000 fine.

Greg Paulo, Greg Paulo for School Board Committee and Al Hooker. Greg Paulo was elected to the San Juan School District Board in the November 7, 2006 Election. Greg Paulo for School Board Committee was his candidate-controlled campaign committee and Al Hooker was the committee’s treasurer. They failed to disclose nonmonetary contributions received. $3,000 fine.

California Asian Families Network and Ron Jin, a slate mailer organization, and its treasurer, violated the Political Reform Act by failing to file a semi-annual campaign statement for the reporting period January 1, 2006, to November 6, 2006, by the January 31, 2007 due date. $2,000 fine.

Larry McCallon, Highland City Council member, paid $2,800 out of his candidate-controlled city council committee for expenses related to another elective office. $2,000 fine.

Newport Beach City Hall in the Park Committee, Yes on Measure B and Lysa Ray. Newport Beach City Hall in the Park Committee, Yes on Measure B and Lysa Ray, the committee’s treasurer, filed campaign statements, which did not include in the identity of a major donor in the name of the committee. $2,000 fine.

Carolyn Twyman for Perris Union School District, Carolyn Twyman, and Fred Twyman, the committee’s treasurer, failed to timely file a pre-election campaign statement in connection with the November 3, 2009 election with the County of Riverside. $1,000 fine.

Lakeside Firefighters Political Action Committee (PAC) and John Hisaw, the committee’s treasurer, failed to timely file two semi-annual campaign statements with the San Diego County Registrar of Voters in 2008 and 2009. $400 fine.

Conflict of Interest Violations

California law states that, absent an exception, a public official may not make, participate in making or in any way attempt to use his or her official position to influence a governmental decision in which he or she knows or has reason to know he or she has a financial interest. Each of the following officials made a governmental decision in which he had a material financial interest:

James Cook, a member of the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors, made a governmental decision in which he had a financial interest. $6,000 fine.

Robert Stadum, a member of the Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors, made a governmental decision in which he had a financial interest. $3,000 fine.

Late Contribution Reporting Violation

When contributions of $1,000 or more are made during the final days of an election—the time between the last campaign report required to be filed and the end of the election—late contribution reports must be filed within 24 hours of making or receiving the “late” contribution. The following failed to file a late contribution report as required by law:

Desert Valley Medical Group, Inc., and Madan Reddy, a major donor committee, and its treasurer, failed to timely disclose making two late contributions totaling $11,000. $5,000 fine.

Mass Mailing Violation

California law requires a candidate or committee that sends over 200 substantially similar pieces of mail to include specific information about the candidate or committee. The following did not include the required information:

Tony Strickland and Strickland for State Senate, a member of the California State Senate, and his candidate-controlled committee sent out a mass mailing without the name of the committee on the outside of the mailing. $3,000 fine.
Statements of Economic Interests Violations

California law requires elected officials, certain board members and governmental employees, and consultants employed by governmental entities to complete and file Statements of Economic Interests (SEIs or Form 700s). SEIs serve a dual purpose: they make a filer aware of personal economic interests relative to a governmental decision, and they are an important disclosure document for the public and media.

The following individuals failed to file their Statement of Economic Interests forms on time:

Matter of Nadine McElyea, Happy Camp Union Elementary School District board member, failed to timely file an assuming office, a 2008, and a 2009 annual Statement of Economic Interests. $6,000 fine.

Priya Mathur, California Public Employees’ Retirement Systems board member, failed to timely file a 2007 annual Statement of Economic Interests by the March 3, 2008 due date. $3,000 fine.

Robert DuFort, a member of the California Veterinary Medical Board, Drug and Alcohol Diversion Evaluation Committee, failed to timely file annual Statements of Economic Interests for years 2006, 2007, and 2008. $2,700 fine.

Laura Leedahl, a designated employee of the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) as a committee member of the California Department of Consumer Affairs, Board of Registered Nurses, failed to timely file her 2006 annual Statement of Economic Interests. $2,500 fine.

Diana Verdugo, a designated employee of the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) as a member of the California Department of Consumer Affairs, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board (SLPAB), failed to timely file her 2006 annual Statement of Economic Interests. $2,500 fine.

James Heryford, a former member of the Murphy’s Sanitary District Board in Calaveras County, failed to timely file annual Statements of Economic Interests for years 2004, 2005, 2006, and a leaving office Statement of Economic Interests. $1,600 fine.

Ruben Sierra, former Legislative Analyst for the California State Assembly, failed to timely file an assuming office and leaving office Statement of Economic Interests. $800 fine.

Harry Burrowes, Consultant, City of Chula Vista, failed to timely file an annual Statement of Economic Interests for the reporting period of January 1, 2005 through December 31, 2005. $400 fine.

Kevin Lorne, a member of the Flood Control Board for Marin County, failed to timely file an annual Statement of Economic Interests for calendar year 2007. $400 fine.

William Beverly, a board member for El Camino Community College District, failed to timely file his 2008 annual Statement of Economic Interests. $200 fine.

Darcy Hammons, Marin County Child Care Commission member, failed to timely file her 2008 annual Statement of Economic Interests. $200 fine.

The following individuals failed to include all economic interests that were required to be disclosed in the Statement of Economic Interests:

Richard Colwell, Chief Assistant County Executive Officer, County of Placer, failed to disclose various real properties and associated rental income on annual Statements of Economic Interests for the reporting periods of: (a) January 1, 2005 through December 31, 2005; (b) January 1, 2006 through December 31, 2006; (c) January 1, 2007 through December 31, 2007; and (d) January 1, 2008 through December 31, 2008. $800 fine.

Tracy Worley Hagen, a former member of the Tustin City Council, failed to report three gifts in excess of $50 on her 2005 annual Statement of Economic Interests; a gift of a dinner from the Industrial Realty Group in the amount of $200, a dinner from the Waste Management Group in the amount of $187, and dinner from the Comcast Cable Company in the amount of $75. $600 fine.

Eugene “Jim” Drinkhouse, former City Manager for the City of Sanger, failed to report his community property share of his spouse’s income from Cihon/Bethel Estates in excess of $10,000 on his 2004 and 2005 annual Statements of Economic Interests. $400 fine.

Kathay Edmondson, a former City of Dunsmuir council member, failed to disclose an interest in real property and failed to disclose income on her candidate and assuming office Statements of Economic Interests. $400 fine.

Adam Gray, Legislative Director for California State Senator Ron Calderon, failed to report two gifts, one from the Irvine Company in the amount of $75.53 for a dinner and the other from the Northern California Power Agency in the amount of $95.88 for tickets to a minor league baseball game and food on his 2008 annual Statement of Economic Interests. $400 fine.

Ron Dellums, Oakland Mayor, failed to disclose on his 2008 annual Statement of Economic Interests a gift of travel from the Government of South Africa, valued at $28,570. $200 fine.

Dennis Hollingsworth, State Senator, failed to disclose on his 2008 annual Statement of Economic Interests a gift from the City of Los Angeles in the amount of $110.00 for airport parking and shuttle service. $200 fine.

Christie Kaiser, Supervisor, Forms Management Unit, Department of Social Services, Administrative Division, State of California, failed to disclose on her Statements of Economic Interests for the reporting periods of January 1, 2005 through December 31, 2005, and January 1, 2006 through December 31, 2006, her husband’s employer/source of income. $400 fine.

William J. McCammon, as the Alameda County Fire Chief, failed to disclose his community property share in his wife’s source of income on his annual Statement of Economic Interests for calendar year 2005 and on his annual/leaving office Statement of Economic Interests for calendar year 2006. $400 fine.

Adrin Nazarian, former chief of staff to Assemblymember Paul Krekorian, failed to report a gift from the Recording Industry Association of America in the amount of $172.94 for concert tickets, transportation and refreshments on his 2008 annual Statement of Economic Interests. $400 fine.

Michael Kaupp and Donald Prime, as members of the San Clemente Planning Commission, each failed to disclose the sale of real property and the buyer of that real property on their 2005 annual Statements of Economic Interests. $200 fine each.

Manuel Lozano, Mayor of the City of Baldwin Park, failed to report a gift of travel from the Government of China in excess of $50 on his 2007 annual Statement of Economic Interests. $200 fine.

Dan Parises, San Joaquin Delta Community College board member, failed to disclose on a Statement of Economic Interests for the reporting period of January 1, 2006 through December 31, 2006, a source of income in excess of $100,000 in connection with the sale of real property. $200 fine.

Kellie Smith, a consultant for the Senate Energy, Utilities & Communications Committee, failed to report a gift from the Northern California Power Agency in the amount of $95.88 for event tickets on her 2008 annual Statement of Economic Interests. $200 fine.

Michael Villines, State Assemblymember, failed to report a gift of tickets to a Sacramento Kings game, refreshments, and a parking pass paid by AT&T and valued at $256.98 on his 2008 annual Statement of Economic Interests. $200 fine.

Gift Notification Violations

California law requires lobbyists, lobbying firms, and lobbyist employers to provide each beneficiary of a gift listed in their required reports with the date and amount of each gift reportable by the recipient, as well as a description of the goods or services provided to the beneficiary. The following failed to send notification letters to gift beneficiaries:

Pechanga Band of Luiseño Mission Indians failed to send notification letters to 19 legislators and their staff that they had received reportable gifts from the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Mission Indians. $3,800 fine.

Bank of America failed to send notification letters to 6 legislators alerting them that they had received reportable gifts from Bank of America during calendar year 2008. $1,200 fine.

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