At the next meeting of the FPPC on November 14, 2013, the agenda has cited over 100 “persons of interest” that will be facing final determination on various failures to report gifts, dinners, sports tickets, cash donations or filing their SEIs, Form 700, Statement of Economic Interests. The penalties range from $70,000 to $200.
“Statements of Economic Interests (SEIs or Form 700s) are an important means for the official that files them, the media, and the public to help gauge where potential conflicts of interest may exist. These state mandated forms include information about the sources of an official’s income, investments, business positions, real property holdings and gifts. Merely reporting an economic interest is not a conflict in itself; a conflict arises when an official governmental decision, made by the official, impacts their economic interests.
One of the key themes of the Political Reform Act of 1974, is that documents such as SEIs and campaign statements are filed at the most decentralized level. This made sense at a time when it was easier to walk down to the City Clerk’s office, but with the Internet, there is greater access to these documents if they are maintained on a single website. Statements for local officials are first filed with the local agency and then sent to the FPPC. The FPPC relies on the local agencies to ensure that the rosters are up-to-date. Some officials may not have yet filed, or the FPPC may not have yet received some filings. In addition, some amendments may not be current. Please continue to check back as we update these pages. The Commission hopes you find this resource useful.” LINK
The largest penalty on the agenda is a Conflict of Interest for the City Manager of Hercules, Nelson E. Oliva, who accepted gifts from a consulting company, NEO, dba “Affordable Housing Solutions Group,” and failed to report those gifts in excess of the annual gift limits. The gifts were received in 2007, 2008,2009 and 2010 totaling $234,775.96 in value. Oliva made, participated in making, or attempted to influence decisions which he knew he had a disqualifying financial interest by awarding contracts to NEO totaling $2,889,00. Total Proposed Penalty: $70,000
Staff: Commission Counsel Milad Dalju and Special Investigator Annaraine Diaz. In this matter, Respondent, Nelson E. Oliva, the City Manager of the City of Hercules from April 1, 2007, through January 9, 2011, failed to report gifts he received from NEO Consulting Inc., dba Affordable Housing Solutions Group (“NEO”), in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010, totaling $234,775.96 in value, in violation of Government Code Sections 87200, 87203, and 87204 (1 count), accepted gifts from NEO in 2008, 2009, and 2010, in excess of the respective annual gift limit of $390, $420, and $420, in violation of Government Code Section 89503, subdivision (a) (1 count), and, in his capacity as City Manager of the City of Hercules, made, participated in making, or attempted to influence 16 governmental decisions in which he knew, or had reason to know, he had a disqualifying financial interest, by awarding 16 city contracts, totaling $2,889,000, to NEO, in violation of Government Code Section 87100 (12 counts).
Dean Florez for Lt. Governor 2010, and Dean Florez for State Controller 2014, FPPC No. 12/213
Dean Flores previously served as an Assemblyman and Senator made three expenditures totaling over $6,000 that were not related to a political, governmental or legislative purpose, failed to refund $247,000 in general election contributions and during his current campaign, Florez 2014 for State Controller, made 166 expenditures totaling over $20,000 that were not related to political, government or legislative purpose. Total Proposed Fine: $60,000.
My “So What Award” goes to a Mountain View School Board Director, Robert L. Griffith, currently running for re-election to his 7th four-year-term who failed to file eight semi-annual reports, two pre-election campaign statements and his Form 700, Statement of Economic Interests for 2011. The respondent has ignored FPPC requests and they are now recommending the maximum penalty for these 11 counts. Total Proposed Penalty: $55,000.
Other violations and penalties may be reviewed at this link: FPPC_Final_Agenda_111413
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