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Commission will not investigate city

By: Carol Feineman News Messenger Editor
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The California Fair Political Practices Commission will not investigate the city of Lincoln’s alleged “wrongdoings.” On Jan. 11, Lincoln Councilman Spencer Short told City Council that he was sending a letter to the attorney general’s office, governor and the Fair Political Practices Commission to investigate any perceived wrongdoings by city staff and council. “There have been allegations over accounting issues, over a number of things. There are conspiracies and that’s all garbage and I’m tired of it,” Short told The News Messenger on Jan. 19. The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) received Short’s letter on Jan. 19, according to the commission’s executive director Roman Porter, and the commission mailed a reply Jan. 21 to Short. Short announced at the Jan. 25 City Council that he “received a letter from the FPPC indicating they didn’t feel an investigation was necessary and I should direct any issues to the AG’s office.” Short’s announcement Jan. 25 about the California Fair Political Practices Commission’s response is half correct, according to information provided by Porter, on Friday. “That would be a misrepresentation. Our letter specifically said we’re not investigating because the conduct he is alleging does not fall in the purview of the Fair Political Practices Commission,” Porter said. “The commission suggested he contact the attorney general’s office to determine if there was a misuse of public funds,” Porter said. Short’s allegations in the letter do not fall in the commission’s jurisdiction, according to Porter. The commission deals with economic conflict of interest, campaign disclosure, state level contribution limits and economic disclosure, Porter said. In a Jan. 25 e-mail to The News Messenger, Short wrote, “… I know that the City has not committed illegal acts. I am so sure of it, I took it upon myself to ask the question and make sure that we get responses from third parties who are well appointed to the task of reviewing our actions against the complex legal and reporting frameworks within which cities work.”