Articles Tagged With ‘Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC)’


The California Fair Political Practices Commission is a five-member independent, non-partisan commission that has primary responsibility for the impartial and effective administration of the Political Reform Act. The Act regulates campaign financing, conflicts of interest, lobbying, and governmental ethics. The Commission’s objectives are to ensure that public officials act in a fair and unbiased manner in the governmental decision-making process, to promote transparency in government, and to foster public trust in the political system.

The Fair Political Practices Commission Website



Arroyo Grande planning commissioner retains his seat

By KAREN VELIE The Arroyo Grande City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to retain John Mack on the Planning Commission following a conflict of interest complaint filed by developer Nick Tompkins. A vote that surprised most attendees at the meeting. Following... (Continue reading)

Are Arroyo Grande Council members good stewards?

OPINION by LEANN AKINS What does it mean to be a steward in terms of a leadership position? The definition of stewardship is the management or care of something. Let’s zero in on the ideas of careful and responsible management... (Continue reading)

FPPC rejects Nick Tompkins’ complaint

By KAREN VELIE After the Arroyo Grande Planning Commission voted unanimously to reject developer Nick Tompkins mixed use project proposal, Tompkins filed a compliant with the Fair Political Practices Commission against a city planning commissioner who recommended changes to the... (Continue reading)

Are we treating our volunteers fairly in Arroyo Grande?

OPINION by PATTY WELSH I was appointed to be an Arroyo Grande  parks and recreation commissioner in January 2015, and looked forward to serving this year. However, I stepped down this month because of political mudslinging from some of our... (Continue reading)

Supervisor Hill’s 2 jobs raise conflict of interest

Editor’s Note: This is part one in a two-part series about San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill’s consulting work for a company tied to a prominent developer. Find the 2014 articles of organization for San Luis Consulting, Adam Hill’s... (Continue reading)

Tribune columnist is a paid lobbyist

By DANIEL BLACKBURN A regularly-featured columnist for San Luis Obispo County’s daily newspaper, who is a vocal critic of a controversial rail spur project proposed by Phillips 66, is a paid lobbyist for at least two entities poised to benefit... (Continue reading)

California cracks down on ‘dark money’

The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) has adopted a regulation that will restrict “dark money” from flowing into state elections from elsewhere in the country. [Mother Jones] Dark money is a term that references donations to political campaigns in... (Continue reading)

Adam Hill fined $2,500 for campaign violations

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill was fined $2,500 on Thursday for failing to properly maintain campaign records during his 2012 bid for the District 3 seat, according to the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC).... (Continue reading)

Contentious supervisor race impacts future candidates

By KAREN VELIE UPDATE: The Fair Political Practices Commission sent Lynn Compton a warning letter dated Sept. 2. The warning says Compton violated the Political Reform Act by not reporting the value of the use of vehicles adorned with advertising.... (Continue reading)

Ashbaugh votes in disregard of state ruling

By KAREN VELIE CORRECTION: John Ashbaugh does not own property in the airport area. He  does own property in a focus area of the land use update and because of that the FPPC had ruled that he could not vote... (Continue reading)