The state's political watchdog fired off warning letters to a San Jose councilmember-elect, the city's firefighters PAC and a local community college district for failing to file timely campaign disclosure forms.
Magdalena Carrasco, who ousted Councilman Xavier Campos in District 5 in the June primary, missed deadlines to file two pre-election campaign statements (Form 460s). One was due in March and the other in May.
“Your actions violated [state law] because you failed to file the abovementioned statements by the specified deadline,” states the warning letter from the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). “However, since your committee does not have an enforcement history and you have filed the outstanding statements, we are closing your case with this warning letter.”
That means no penalty this time since Carrasco doesn’t have a history of such actions. If it happens again, though, the FPPC could fine her.
While Carrasco submitted forms late, the San Jose Firefighters, IAFF Local 230 PAC hasn’t filed them for a substantial amount of time.
The FPPC noted that the union PAC hasn’t filed semi-annual campaign statements since July 2012. Still, since the committee doesn’t have a history of lapsing on filing, regulators say they’ll close the case as long as the PAC submits the missing forms. Failure to do so will result in monetary penalties.
Rosalie Ledesma, head of governmental affairs for the San Jose-Evergreen Community College District, also received a warning letter for not submitting lobbyist reports for most of last year.
But again, since there was no prior record and the lobbyist bills were nominal, the FPPC promised to close the case if she comes up to date. Future missed deadlines could cost $5,000 per violation, the letter cautions.