AC Transit boardmember hasn’t filed campaign finance reports since 2010; faces $60k FPPC fine

AC Transit Board Director Mark WilliamsAC TRANSIT BOARD OF DIRECTORSAC Transit Board Director Mark Williams did not face a credible opponent during his 2014 re-election campaign. Yet, the two-term boardmember, who is also up for re-election this June, repeatedly failed to file campaign finance reports for more than four years.Later, this month, the state's Fair Political … Continue reading AC Transit boardmember hasn’t filed campaign finance reports since 2010; faces $60k FPPC fine

Fremont mayor, vice mayor, admit to violating state campaign finance rules

The FPPC will decide this week if Fremont Mayor Lily Mei will pay a $1,406 fine forviolating campaign finance rules.FREMONT CITY COUNCILFremont Mayor Lily Mei violated state election law after failing to report almost $24,000 in late campaign expenditures during the hard fought 2016 election, according to the state Fair Political Practices Commission. Mei, who upset incumbent … Continue reading Fremont mayor, vice mayor, admit to violating state campaign finance rules

Governor vetoes Glazer bill to ban smoking on state beaches

LEGISLATURESmoking hot butts will still be found on California state beaches after Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill introduced by East Bay State Sen. Steve Glazer that would have banned smoking on coastal beaches and some state parks."If people can't smoke even on a deserted beach, where can they? There must be some limit to … Continue reading Governor vetoes Glazer bill to ban smoking on state beaches

Oakland council president may face $1,600 fine for campaign finance violation

Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney tooksix months to report more than $16,000 in campaign contributions.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Oakland City Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney did not report campaign finance reports for six months and for this she may face a $1,600 fine from the city’s Public Ethics Commission.Over a six month span from the beginning of 2014 … Continue reading Oakland council president may face $1,600 fine for campaign finance violation

Former Alameda County candidate for auditor pleads guilty to election fraud

Kati Knox plead to three misdemeanors.ALAMEDA COUNTY | Kati Knox pulled out of her race for Alameda County auditor-controller last May just weeks before the June primary after she was accused of falsifying her address on campaign paperwork. Last Friday, Knox plead guilty to three misdemeanors for violating the state's election laws. Knox will serve … Continue reading Former Alameda County candidate for auditor pleads guilty to election fraud

Berkeley Sit/Lie Campaign to Pay $3,750 Penalty for Election Violations

Measure S was defeated in November 2012by four percentage points.BERKELEY | The ill-fated campaign committee which advocated in 2012 for a controversial sit/lie ordinance in Berkeley agreed to pay $3,750 to settle a citizen complaint that it violated the city’s election laws. Last November, the Coalition for Berkeley Civil Sidewalks, Yes on S and the … Continue reading Berkeley Sit/Lie Campaign to Pay $3,750 Penalty for Election Violations

Corbett’s Call For State Audit Of Limo Industry Approved

STATE SENATE | Ellen Corbett is continuing her attempts to crack down on the state’s charter-party limousine industry following findings this week the tragic limo fire on the San Mateo Bridge earlier this year was ruled an accident.On Wednesday, an audit of the charter-party carriers limo industry sought by State Sen. Corbett was approved. The … Continue reading Corbett’s Call For State Audit Of Limo Industry Approved