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From: domainremoved <Price>
Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:14:54 -0700

Hi Jack,

Below are stories that appeared in the Post on April 11 about each fine. As usual, nobody in the Measure X campaign would return the Post's phone call about the violation.

Dave Price

Parcel tax backers fined
Published: April 11, 2017
A group that supported the $360 parcel tax that Menlo Park City School District residents approved was fined by the Fair Political Practices Commission for tardy fi-nancial statements.

The “Committee to Support Menlo Park Schools, Yes on Parcel Tax Measure X” was late reporting $17,025 in contributions for the Nov. 28 to Dec. 31 period and $10,850 in donations for Jan. 1 to Jan. 21, according to the FPPC.

The committee will have to pay the FPPC $678. The parcel tax was approved on March 7.

Assistant Superintendent Erik Burmeister said yesterday he hadn’t heard about the fine.

The committee’s treasurer, Robyn Wheeler, who was named in the FPPC’s report, did not respond to the Post’s request for comment yesterday.

State agency fines councilman $4,500
Daily Post Staff Writer
Published: April 11, 2017
In an interesting twist of conflict of interest laws, a state watchdog agency said yesterday that Belmont City Councilman Eric Reed failed to disclose that he owned stock in AT&T — and then voted against the company when it was trying to get a permit for an antenna. Usually, politicians are accused of helping companies they own, not voting against them.

Reed has agreed to pay a $4,500fine to the Fair Political Practices Commission, or FPPC, for failing to disclose he owns stock in the telecommunications company.

But since Reed did not recuse himself from a Feb. 10, 2015 meeting where the council voted on AT&T’s request to redesign a pole in the city, he must pay the $4,500fine.

According to the FPPC, the commission received an anonymous tip about Reed’s lack of financial disclosure.

The redesign for the pole at 1999 Notre Dame Ave. had been denied by the city’s planning commission prior to the Feb. 10, 2015 meeting, and AT&T was asking the council to reconsider the decision, according to minutes of the meeting.

Voted against AT&T

Reed was the only council member to vote against the appeal, saying at the meeting that the project didn’t fit zoning standards for the area or fit in with the neighborhood, according to the meeting minutes.

Since Reed voted against the appeal, the FPPC’s first fine for Reed is for $1,500 for not disclosing his stock holdings with AT&T.

The other $3,000 of the fine is because Reed did not recuse himself from the discussion of the AT&T pole, according to the FPPC.

However, because Reed had no prior issues with the FPPC and voted against AT&T’s appeal, he does not have to pay the full $5,000fine for the second charge.

Reed was elected to the Belmont City Council in 2013 and his term ends in 2018.

Reed couldn’t be reached by phone or email last night.

On Apr 21, 2017, at 11:50 AM, Jack Hickey wrote:

> Barbara, while following up on this FPPC action:
> 24. In the Matter of Committee to Support Menlo Park Schools, Yes on Parcel Tax Measure X and Robyn Wheeler; FPPC No. 17/00089 (Streamline Settlement). Staff: Chief of Enforcement Galena West and Political Reform Consultant Chloe Hackert. Committee to Support Menlo Park Schools, Yes on Parcel Tax Measure X is a ballot measure committee to support Measure X on the March 7, 2017 Special Election ballot in San Mateo County. Robyn Wheeler is the Committee’s Treasurer. The Committee and Wheeler failed to report occupation and employer information for contributions received during the reporting periods of November 28, 2016 through January 21, 2017, in violation of Government Code Section 84211 (2 counts). Total Proposed Penalty: $678.
> Committee to Support Menlo Park Schools – Stip
> I came across two other items which were removed from the consent calendar:
> Conflict of Interests
> 3. In the Matter of Eric Reed; FPPC No. 15/1174. Staff: Commission Counsel Toren Lewis. Eric Reed failed to timely disclose his economic interests of between $10,001–$100,000 of AT&T stock on his 2014 Annual Statement of Economic Interest, in violation of Government Code Section 87203 (1 count). As a Belmont City Councilmember, Reed voted on AT&T’s appeal of a Planning Commission decision at the February 10, 2015 city council meeting, when he knew or should have known that he had a disqualifying conflict of interest by virtue of his ownership of AT&T stock, in violation of Government Code Section 87100 (1 count). Total Proposed Penalty: $4,500.
> Reed – Stip
> Campaign Non-Filer
> 9. In the Matter of Committee to Elect Marina Fraser, Marina Fraser, and Jackie M. Buckley; FPPC No. 16/140 (Default Decision). Staff: Commission Counsel Amanda Kelly and Staff Services Analyst Dominika Wojenska. Marina Fraser served on the Half Moon Bay City Council from 2011 through 2016. Committee to Elect Marina Fraser is her candidate-controlled committee. Jackie M. Buckley is the Committee’s treasurer. The Committee, Fraser, and Buckley failed to timely file eight semiannual campaign statements, in violation of Government Code Section 84200 (8 counts); and failed to pay the 2013, 2014, and 2016 $50 Annual Fees to the Secretary of State’s Office, in violation of Government Code Section 84101.5 (3 counts). Total Proposed Penalty: $41,000.
> Committee to Elect Marina Fraser - Default Decision
> After watching the video of the meeting, I am convinced that the FPPC is a tool of incumbents used to discourage would be challengers. See:
> http://www.fppc.ca.gov/content/fppc-www/about-fppc/hearings-meetings-workshops/current-agenda/past-agendas/2017-agendas/apr-2017-agenda.html
> Jack Hickey
Received on Fri Apr 21 2017 - 12:20:17 PDT

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