FPPC rejects Crawford complaint
March 17, 2010
The complaint, filed by Santa Margarita blogger Ron Crawford, argued that Parks Commissioner Pandora Nash-Karner of Los Osos is using her position to steer a $20 million project to a company where her husband, Gary Karner, serves as “Managing Principal and Senior Project Manager.”
At issue is the San Luis Obispo Botanical Gardens, where Nash-Karner sits on the board of directors. The facility plans a $20 million expansion and the sole design proposal received so far comes from the SWA Group. Crawford argued unsuccessfully that the arrangement between spouses creates a conflict of interest.
A letter from the FPPC to Crawford announced that the matter was being closed “without further action.” The letter further indicated that the Botanical Gardens, which sits on county property, was not subject to FPPC overview since it is not a public agency.
Crawford’s original complaint and his detailed response to the FPPC decision can be read here.