Finding Statements of Economic Interests Online at the Fair Political Practices Commission Website

By Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law

The Fair Political Practices Commission website has a page (which is remarkably difficult to find) which has state and local Form 700s, the Statements of Economic Interests.  There are local (city council member and mayoral) filings for 2010 at the site, but as of now, no 2011 (filed in 2012) filings at the state site.  You’ll have to go to the local entity to pick up a 2011 form for city council members, or other local public agency fillers.

The site gives this information:

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. The Commission hopes you find this resource useful. Please continue to check back as we update these pages.

Due to privacy concerns and out of an abundance of caution, the SEIs posted on the Commission’s website have the address, telephone and signature blocks redacted. Copies of the original forms are available for review or duplication.

The information you obtain at this blog is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is established by reading or commenting on this blog. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation.

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Redlands, CA 92373-5235
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City Attorney candidate David McKenna: “I didn’t feel comfortable voting … so I chose not to participate”

By Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law

First, a disclaimer:  this site is neutral as explained in the post “Why We Try To Keep Partisan Politics Out of These Postings”  These postings are provided as a community service, and not to push a particular candidate, or slate of candidates.

In the International Baccalaureate program in high school, we had a required class called “Theory of Knowledge.”  Our teacher, Mr. Newman left me with the phrase “The Clock That Strikes Thirteen Puts Into Doubt The Previous Twelve.”

David McKenna has struck thirteen.

I am not big on aggregating news (you can go to the hyperpartisan blogs for that), but this piece in the Riverside paper, available online here, must be read by every voter:

 David McKenna, who is challenging six-term incumbent San Bernardino City Attorney Jim Penman in the Nov. 8 election, acknowledged a charge Penman leveled during a candidate forum: Until moving to San Bernardino this year, McKenna lived in Riverside County for the past five years without registering to vote.

McKenna said he had spent most of the past five years working in Riverside and visiting hisSan Diego and children in Virginia.

“I didn’t feel comfortable voting … when I was not part of the community and didn’t know the candidates, so I chose not to participate,” McKenna said. [Emphasis Added].

Not only does it feed into City Attorney James F. Penman’s campaign theme that David McKenna is a carpetbagger, but it shows questionable judgment for a position that requires a considerable amount of discretion.

Add the earlier gaffe when David McKenna did not do his due diligence and sent out thousands of electronic mail messages that wrongly accused City Attorney James F. Penman of accepting money from the Colonies defendants, when that money was an independent expenditure in support of City Attorney Penman’s 2007 opponent, Marianne Milligan.

Another incredible incident was when City Attorney challenger David McKenna reinforced the carpetbagger meme when McKenna said he didn’t know anything about the San Bernardino International Airport except that it was an airport.

The information you obtain at this blog is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is established by reading or commenting on this blog. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation.

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New Campaign Literature from City Attorney James F. Penman and Challenger David McKenna

By Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law

At the City Attorney forum at the Rotary Club of San Bernardino both candidates handed out literature, including a door hanger (front, back) from City Attorney Jim Penman, and a campaign mailer (page 1, page 2, page 3, and page 4) from challenger David McKenna.

The front of City Attorney Jim Penman’s door hanger is similar to his earlier mailers.  It has the same picture of his granddaughter featured on his first mailer.  It has the same picture of Jim and Judi Penman from the second mailer.  It has the same picture of his son and daughter-in-law and grandchildren featured on his 2009 Mayoral website.  It has the same pictures of City Attorney Penman as a firefighter and as Executive Director of the Home of Neighborly Service featured in earlier campaigns.  The back is a detailed exposition of the watchdog campaign theme with new information.  It reads:

Vote Nov. 8th for City Attorney

Jim Penman

ACCOUNTABLE TO

YOU, THE VOTERS;

–NOT TO THE POLITICIANS!

  • Last year under Penman’s leadership, the City won 18 lawsuits, lost only 2 and settled 8 on terms favorable to the city.  (201o)
  • Last year City Attorney Investigators collected over $1 million in Civil Penalties, mostly from Banks and Mortgage Companies and brought 256 slum properties into compliance with City Codes.  (2009-2010)
  • The City Attorney’s Office is currently investigating four allegations of Council Members being involved in political corruption. (2011)
  • One Council Member has already resigned as a result of the investigations. (Feb. 2011)
  • Other elected officials have retaliated by trying to remove the City Attorney Investigators’ arrest and citation powers from the San Bernardino Municipal Code.  (on-going)
  • Penman exposed bribery and racketeering activities of four San Bernardino City Council Members (1995) – Jim pursued them for ten years, until they pled guilty.  (2005)
  • Over the last 13 years, three Council Members have resigned while under investigation by Penman’s Office.  (1998-2011)

KEEP PENMAN, THE VOTERS’ CITY ATTORNEY!

To Contact Jim Penman Call (909) 882-8986 or email: friendsofpenman@yahoo.com

On the front page, David McKenna’s campaign flier has a quote next to a picture of David McKenna: “The City Attorney should be your defender . . . not a politician.”  “As Your City Attorney, I pledge to get rid of the dirty politics and focus only on protecting the interests.  The second page has a quote from the recently retired San Bernardino Police Chief Keith Kilmer, who fought with City Attorney Penman.  “David McKenna is a superior attorney with the highest ethical standards.[“]  “His experience and integrity will serve the city well as our next City Attorney.”  The second page has his resume, and the third page has his campaign platform.  The back page has a quote from Senior Pastor Ray Turner of the Temple Missionary Baptist Church which says “San Bernardino needs David McKenna.  He will put an end to the political in-fighting and unify our city government.”

The back page gives contact information for challenger David McKenna.  The phone number is listed as (909) 264-9021, his email as David@votemckenna.com.  It also has a website and a Facebook page.  At the date of this writing, his Facebook wall is only open to people who friend him.

The information you obtain at this blog is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is established by reading or commenting on this blog. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation.

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The San Bernardino City Attorney Forum At The Rotary Club of San Bernardino October 11, 2011

By Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law

Today, I had the privilege of visiting my former Rotary Club, the original Rotary Club of San Bernardino at the Arrowhead Country Club.  As they do in all elections, the Club held a candidates forum for the City Attorney’s Office.  The press attended this forum, so you should be able to read about it in tomorrow’s Press-Enterprise and Sun.  Again, Josh Dulaney from the Sun live blogged it on Twitter.  The Press-Enterprise reporter was much more careful, and spent a long time after the meeting doing follow-up reporting.

It is too bad that more of the public did not attend this forum, because it had a different tone from the first forum that I attended.  This forum featured a  better performance by the City Attorney, Jim Penman (and he did pretty well in the first one).  This was a much worse forum for the challenger, David L. McKenna.

The format was similar with opening and closing statements of three minutes.  The questions were on the role of the City Attorney’s Office, how to deal with the rising costs of litigation in the City, the role of the City Attorney at the San Bernardino International Airport, and the most pressing issue facing the City of San Bernardino.

The biggest shock was that David L. McKenna said that he didn’t know much about the San Bernardino International Airport except that it was an airport.  He said he didn’t think that corruption was an issue in the City of San Bernardino, that it was just the City Attorney scaring the public.  He said that he didn’t know if he was recruited, but that 4th Ward Council Member Fred Shorrett first contacted him to run for the office.  He said that he did not need the job, as he spent half his time practicing law and half his time playing tennis and being a grandfather.  He again challenged the City Attorney’s misdemeanor caseload, accusing the City Attorney of overstating the caseload by a factor of ten.  He said he would get rid of one of the two prosecuting City Attorneys for that reason.   McKenna tried to paint himself as the anti-Penman, that he would be cooperative, calm and professional.

As for the City Attorney, it was a different audience, and he usually knows his audience.  He pulled his punches a little more than he did on the televised forum.  Jim Penman brought up David McKenna’s dismissal as Public Defender and resignation as San Bernardino County Supervisor and the fact that he was a carpetbagger.  Jim Penman named corruption as the number one issue facing the City.  He repeated his overarching campaign theme of being the “elected watchdog” not the “political lapdog” of the Council majority.  He stressed the City Attorney’s role in enforcing the Political Reform Act.  Jim Penman discussed his previous actions that resulted in the prosecution of the Gang of Four, and the resignation of Jason Desjardins, though Desjardins’ name was not specifically mentioned, and turning over facts to the San Bernardino Grand Jury and the FBI.  City Attorney Penman reiterated that the City Attorney’s Office is currently investigating four allegations of Council Members being involved in political corruption.

The important thing about politics, particularly local politics, is highlighting the differences between the candidates.  The difference between the candidates was on full display at this forum, and local voters should have enough information to make an informed choice.

The information you obtain at this blog is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is established by reading or commenting on this blog. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation.

Address : 300 E. State St. Suite 517
                Redlands CA 92373-5235
Telephone: (909) 708-6055

Re-Elect San Bernardino City Attorney Jim Penman 2011 Mailer Number Two

By Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law

The second mailer from the Jim Penman for City Attorney 2011 campaign has arrived, quick on the heels of the first mailer.  This mailer is in color and is four pages long.  Here is page 1, page 2, page 3, and Page 4.

This mailer continues the themes of City Attorney Jim Penman’s election campaign.  On  the front, the mailer again emphasizes the theme  “The People’s Watchdog.”   To emphasize the point, an aggressive dog breed is draped in the American flag, and there are some clip-art animal paw prints.  Below the motto, is a graphic, in the style of a campaign sign, “City Attorney Jim Penman Integrity You Can Trust!”

The second and third pages are very busy.  Page 2 is headlined “Our Voice For Accountability.”  The main text of Page 2 reads:

City Attorney Jim Penman is dedicated to protecting the citizens of San
Bernardino and holding city leaders accountable.
The voters’ decision to reject Measure “O” and serving as the People’s
Watchdog made Jim unpopular with some politicians at City Hall. But
Jim answers TO YOU, the voters, not those politicians.

  • PROTECTING YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE

When politicians tried to take away our right to vote on city offices
last year, Jim Penman stopped them by leading the campaign to
defeat Measure C.

  •  STOPPING CORRUPTION

When city officials attempted to use their positions for personal
financial gain, Jim Penman took action. One Councilman was
forced to resign in February 2011 and others are still under
investigation.

  •  CLEANING UP BLIGHT

When slumlords ignored community concerns about blight, Jim
Penman took action. He forced them to clean up 256 slum
properties. and generated $1 million dollars in new revenues for
the city taxpayer, imposing penalties on the absentee landlords.

  •  FIGHTING CRIME

Jim wrote the city’s tough new moratorium against parolee housing
and he moved swiftly to shut down the notorious “Hudson Rave
Club” to keep drugs away from our youth.

Page 2 also has quotes from former Judge Craig Kamansky.  “I’ve known Jim Penman for many years and I have the highest regard for his integrity, his professionalism and his commitment to the community.”  Page 2 of the second mailer also repeats the quote from the first mailer from San Bernardino Police Officers Association President Steve Turner.  Above Steve Turner’s quote is a graphic stating “VOTE NO ON MEASURE C STOP CORRUPTION” with the legend “Nov. 2010 ballot measure rejected by voters by more than 60%.”

Below the Steve Turner quote is a picture of the City Attorney with a man in a jacket that says “POLICE.”

Page 3 is similar to Page 2 in design, though slightly less busy.  Its theme is “A Lifetime of Dedication” focusing on City Attorney Jim Penman’s experience.

  • MILITARY

United States Army Reserve. Member of American Legion Post 777.

  •  LAW ENFORCEMENT

As a Prosecutor, Jim has earned state-wide recognition for his
effectiveness in using injunctions and crime sweeps to crack down
on street gangs.

  •  EDUCATION

Jim served two terms as President of the Cal State San Bernardino
Alumni Association, and was A.S.B. President while an
undergraduate.

  • FIREFIGHTER

Jim worked his way through college at
Cal State San Bernardino as a Firefighter
with the Muscoy Fire Protection District.

  • Community

Jim is a long-time member of the
Kiwanis Club of San Bernardino, Elks
Lodge #836, President of the Shamrock
Club of San Bernardino and a member
of the Lutheran Church of Our Savior.
He formerly served as the Resident
Executive Director for the Home of
Neighborly Service for twelve years.

An oval to the lower left hand corner of page 3 has a quote from former Mayor Evlyn Wilcox “San Bernardino taxpayers just couldn’t ask for a better champion than City Attorney Jim Penman.  He is always there for us.  There is a picture of Jim and Judi Penman in the upper right corner of page three.  Its caption says “Jim and his wife Judi are lifelong residents of San Bernardino.”  Page 3 also lists a website of www.JimPenmanSBCityAttorney.com, but as of this post, it goes to a blank GoDaddy page.  The mailer also lists the same email as last time, friendsofpenman@yahoo.com.  The lower right hand corner of page 3 is a box that states “Re-Elect Our City Attorney Jim Penman.”

Page 4 of the mailer’s theme is “Independent Leadership . . . Integrity You Can Trust.”

It has a picture of City Attorney Jim Penman on the phone with the legend “Jim Penman, Our City Attorney” with the same contact information as in the first mailer.   Below that it says “Amelia Sanchez Lopez for City Clerk” with contact information.

In short, this mailer is an overview of City Attorney James F. Penman’s themes for this election.  It reemphasizes the “People’s Watchdog” theme of mailer number one, adds in biographical information, brings up the theme of accountability and fighting corruption again, and asks for support for City Clerk candidate Amelia Sanchez-Lopez.

Based on the FPPC Form 460 disclosures, expect slate mailers supporting City Attorney Penman and additional mailers as the election and early voting approaches.

The information you obtain at this blog is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is established by reading or commenting on this blog. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation.

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                  Redlands CA 92373-5235
Telephone: (909) 708-6055

The First Re-Elect Jim Penman Mailer In the 2011 San Bernardino City Attorney’s Election

By Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law

The first mailer from the Jim Penman for City Attorney 2011 campaign was mailed last week.   Here is the front and the back.

This mailer focuses on the themes of City Attorney Penman’s reelection campaign.  On  the front, the mailer emphasizes the overarching theme of the campaign “THE PEOPLE’S WATCHDOG AT CITY HALL.”   The front features the pictures of five supporters and a quote from Steve Turner, the President of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association.  Counterclockwise, the supporters include City Clerk candidate and Planning Commissioner Amelia Sanchez-Lopez; Joe Solis and Mary Solis who are listed as “Verdemont Community Leader;” Victorville attorney and former Judge Stanley Hodge ; and finally small business owner and former San Bernardino Area Chamber of Commerce President Jack Hill.  The quote from the San Bernardino Police Officers Association President Steve Turner says “San Bernardino Police Officers proudly support City Attorney Penman.  He is an effective partner with Law Enforcement in working to combat crime.”   The front also gives contact information: “To contact Jim call (909) 882-8986 or email: friendsofpenman@yahoo.com

The back of the mailer has in large yellow block letters on a black background “San Bernardino Residents Speak Out: “Thank You Jim Penman!”  This side of the mailer has photographs of other supporters and family members: Again, it leads off with Verdemont Community Leaders Joe Solis and Mary Solis and their children; Oscar Gonzalez and Evelyn Wilson from the 2nd Ward; 4th Ward supporters Jim Smolders and Cathy Smothers and Kathy Toy and John Toy; San Bernardino firefighter and 4th Ward resident Nathan Lopez; City Fine Arts Commissioner and 7th Ward Resident Donna Howard, and a picture of City Attorney Penman with his granddaughter, a resident of the 1st Ward.

City Attorney Jim Penman’s mailer shows a range of ethnic, age and geographical diversity.  He has identified residents of the voting wards, the 4th, 5th, and 7th Wards.  He also pictures residents of the 1st, and 2nd Wards.  If any of the people pictured live in the 3rd Ward or 6th Ward, they are not mentioned.  Neither is a particular hotbed of support for City Attorney Penman, but no doubt he has supporters in those wards.

The quotes on the front further support the themes of City Attorney Jim Penman’s reelection campaign: City Clerk candidate Amelia Sanchez-Lopez says “Our community can count on Jim Penman to stand with us.  He isn’t afraid to speak out against dishonest politicians.”  This touches on City Attorney Penman’s theme of being a City Hall watchdog and fighting corruption within San Bernardino City Hall.  Attorney Stanley Hodge says “As San Bernardino’s Independent City Attorney, Jim Penman wrote the City’s moratorium against parolee housing and took swift action to close the controversial Hudson Theater, ending the teen drug activity at that location.”  This illustrates the campaign of using the tools available to the City Attorney to fight crime.  This is important for the City Attorney’s campaign to note because the San Bernardino City Attorney’s Office does not prosecute state crime misdemeanors like some other City Attorney’s Offices.  Joe and Mary Solis touch on the theme of responsiveness and the theme of the people’s watchdog at City Hall: “Jim is very responsive to the concerns of our neighborhoods.  We couldn’t ask for a stronger champion as City Attorney.  He helped us stop several group homes in the fifth ward.”  Former Chamber President Jack Hill praises the City Attorney’s track record: “Jim has always been there to support our community.  He’s truly dedicated to making San Bernardino a batter place for all of us.”

In all, this is the first mailer you would expect from the campaign.  The City Attorney has featured newer supporters, has emphasized his support from local public safety by featuring the quote from the San Bernardino Police Officers Association and the picture of Firefighter Nathan Lopez, features recent accomplishments like the Hudson Theater injunction, and is very positive.

The information you obtain at this blog is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is established by reading or commenting on this blog. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation.

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                  Redlands CA 92373-5235
Telephone: (909) 708-6055

Possible Legal Issues of Joint Campaign Signs in the San Bernardino City Clerk and City Attorney November 2011 Elections

By Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law

This weekend, joint James F. Penman for City Attorney and Amelia Sanchez-Lopez for City Clerk signs popped up in San Bernardino.  Are there any issues in having joint signs?  I cannot remember a specific race that I can point to where there have been joint campaign signs, though a web search shows that they exist in other jurisdictions.  In local, non-partisan races, I can see such a move to be beneficial when a group of candidates want to run together as a reform slate, such as in a recall election, or a city council or school board election where a majority of the council or board can change in one election.

As far as legal issues, the ones that immediately pop into mind are sign code issues (being jointly responsible for the placement of your sign if it violates a sign ordinance (such as being in the public right-of-way).  Presumably, should that happen, both candidates could be held responsible for violating the code.   The other issue could be a campaign disclosure of in-kind contributions.  Say, for example, one well-known, well-financed candidate is paying for the sign, and the other, less-experienced, less well-funded candidate is piggybacking on the sign of the other.  There would need to be campaign disclosures of the in-kind contributions.

The only other issue that I can think of has created a joint sign that does not have the permission of the other candidate.  An example that I have seen online is when someone had a joint sign with a presidential candidate wherein the presidential campaign did not give permission for the sign.

The information you obtain at this blog is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is established by reading or commenting on this blog. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation.

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Redlands CA 92373-5235
Telephone: (909) 708-6055

FPPC Form 501 Candidate Intention Statement and FPPC Form 410 Statement of Organization of Receipient Committee

By Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law

With the news about a, thus far, bilateral San Bernardino City Attorney’s Office race for fall 2011, I thought I would illuminate the process thus far.  On June 28, 2011, the challenger filed the above mentioned forms.  The local press all discussed the information found in these forms.  This is a closer look at this point in the process.

Fair Political Practices Commission Form 501, is the Candidate Intention Statement.  In California, someone who intends to be a candidate must file Form 501 before solicitation or receipt of any contribution, or before expenditure of election-related personal funds.  Each election requires a separate Candidate Intention Statement, including reelection, except if the candidate will not solicit or receive contributions from others and only personal funds are for the filing fee or statement of qualifications in the ballot pamphlet or sample ballot.   For the City Attorney’s race, the form should be filed with the San Bernardino City Clerk’s Office.

The San Bernardino City Clerk’s Office gave me a copy upon my oral California Public Records Request.  I asked for all paperwork filed by the challenger for the City Attorney race.   My dealings, within the term of my private practice, with the City Clerk’s Office in San Bernardino have been very good.   Linked is the challenger’s completed and filed Form 501 and Form 410.  I have redacted the street number of the challenger (the street has already been reported by the press), and the phone number (except the Riverside County telephone prefix).

Fair Political Practices Commission  Form 410 is needed for any individual, group of individual, organization or other entity that receives $1,000 or more in contributions during a calendar year.  That dollar amount includes money, in-kind donations and loans.  The amount includes the candidates’ personal funds, except that filing fees or ballot statements are not included.  Form 410 has to be filed within 10 days of receiving $1,000 or more in contributions.  Form 410 has to be filed with both the Secretary of State Political Reform Division and the filing officer, which in this case is the City Clerk.  There are other technical details regarding changes that are available on the Fair Political Practices Commission website and on the instructions for the form.

The information you obtain at this blog is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is established by reading or commenting on this blog. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation.

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Use of the California Public Records Act for Opposition Research

The California Public Records Act (as well as the disclosures required by the Political Reform Act, adjudicative court records)  provides an important tool for gathering information about political rivals.   Below is a brief overview of the kinds of records that are available to the public, and what can be learned from the types of information.

1. Permit and Property Records.  An opponent may be able to find administrative citations, notices of violation, building permits (or no building permits) by making a California Public Records Act request by a parcel number or street address.  Some cities will take the view that code enforcement records are criminal investigatory files and refuse to disclose.  However, I have found that most cities will disclose this information, with some redactions with the name of reporting parties.  Building permits themselves are relatively non-controversial, and will be inspected.

2. Contracts with government entities, particularly entities that are not

3.  Litigation with a public entity.  This can be a treasure trove of information about the inner workings of government.  Depositions are a good source because they are largely unfiltered.  Also ask for any government claims, as they may not show up if no lawsuit is filed.

4.  Minutes.  Opponents can use these to establish a record of voting or non-voting.

5. Electronic mail.  Though many public entities have policies of deleting email within a certain amount of time, electronic mail is often very candid and can provide powerful ammunition.

6. Constituent correspondence.   You can find specific complaints about public officials and contact the complainants.

7. Correspondence with staff, including electronic mail.  Is the political rival abusing staff?  Find out by requesting correspondence on matters of importance to the elected official, particularly on matters that have dragged on for a long period of time because of red tape or the involvement of other government agencies.

8. Campaign disclosures.  These often have little nuggets of  information.  For example, sometimes candidates keep committees open long after the election.  One reason is because they made a loan of personal funds to themselves, and they hope to some day get paid back when they run a successful campaign in the future.  Form 700 Statement of Economic Interests, whether for a candidate or an elected or appointed public official, have valuable information about potential campaign opponents.

9. Web browsing information.  This may be subject to some exemptions, the agency may claim that these are not records, and they may be deleted fairly regularly.  Request these records early and often.

9. There are many, many more areas which might be helpful.   These requests need to be made regularly and not during election season.  Records can be destroyed in compliance with California law, so the record you most want may not be there when you need it.  Also, the California Public Records Act’s time provisions can be a disadvantage to obtaining records in a timely fashion.

The information you obtain at this blog is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is established by reading or commenting on this blog.  You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation.
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How to find County of San Bernardino Fair Political Practices Commission Form 700s on the Internet

By Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law

The Political Reform Act (not to be confused with the other PRA, the Public Records Act) is another cornerstone of open government in California.  The Statement of Economic Interests (SEI), also known as the Fair Political Practices Commission Form 700, requires certain public officials to disclose a variety of interests.  Some officials are required by state law to file the Form 700, and some are required by the agencies’ conflict of interest code.  I worked on two revisions of the City of Redlands’ conflict of interest code during my time as Assistant City Attorney in the City of Redlands City Attorney’s Office.

The County of San Bernardino provides a redacted version of the form online here.  The address appears to be redacted, though most people put their business office in the address.  If the only zip code appearing is 92415, which I believe is an exclusively County zip code, you can bet it is a business address.  You can inspect at the original filed statement if you want to see the full address.  You can also find the Form 700s of the Board of Supervisors here at the Fair Political Practices Commission website.

On the County site, you can search back to 2007 through 2011, but it defaults to the current calendar year.  By “County site” I mean an outside vendor, netfile.com, which allows County employees to file their SEI online.

The information you obtain at this blog is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is established by reading or commenting on this blog.  You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation.

Copyright 2011 Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law

Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law

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