San Bernardino Supervisor Fined by State Ethics Watchdog

San Bernardino County Supervisor Robert Lovingood is facing a $6,000 fine for failing to disclose at least $10,000 in income from two staffing businesses he runs. That information is legally required of elected officials on their statements of economic interest to increase transparency and avoid any conflicts of interest.

The violation was revealed on the Fair Political Practices Commission’s website Monday. Lovingood has agreed to pay the fine, calling it an honest mistake that stemmed from a misunderstanding over what he was supposed to report.

According to the FPPC, the supervisor voted on at least 42 items involving his staffing clients while sitting on the board. Still, its enforcement division concluded there was no conflict of interest during those votes.

The commission is expected to vote on the penalty on March 16.


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Finance

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 05:13

The noose is tightening around California’s cities and counties. At least one-third of local and state budgets now go toward public employee pensions.