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Mayor has warning

By: Stephanie Dumm, News Messenger Reporter
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One city employee will work $1,900 worth of overtime to provide salary information required by the State Controller’s Office. The state requires the city provide salary information for 2010 by October, according to City Manager Jim Estep. “This is purely informational and it provides nothing for putting the budget together,” Estep said. “The state controller’s office did this last year as a spur of the moment, based on (the situation in) Bell.” A motion was made at Tuesday’s City Council meeting by Councilman Stan Nader to have the city’s payroll specialist create the 2010 salary report. The $1,900 price tag will be spread across all city funds. “I disagreed with the staff recommendation to wait until October. This information is needed as we are going through the budget process,” Nader said. “One of our biggest expenses is labor and we need to know as much information as possible. How do you know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been?” Nader’s suggestion was met with resistance by Councilman Spencer Short. “We already know where we’ve been because the data is coming to us and it’s not indicating the exact line item of each individual person,” Councilman Spencer Short said. “My position falls in line with staff, that we’ve been told that we’re not transparent, and if we get any more transparent, we’ll be see though.” Councilman Tom Cosgrove was “thinking it through and talking it through” during his comments. “We can always ask that this individual spend a couple of days a week on top of the other tasks that they have to do. That might be a little bit much for that one individual for two or three weeks,” Cosgrove said. Short was the only councilman who voted against approving the payroll technician’s overtime. In other council news, Mayor Paul Joiner acknowledged a recent Fair Political Practices Committee (FPPC) warning letter addressed to him, dated May 4. A recent finding by the Fair Political Practices Committee stated that Joiner was in violation of “several provisions of the Political Reform Act,” according to Allen Cuenca. Joiner acknowledged the complaint and the commission’s findings regarding the complaint. Cuenca is a former Lincoln planning commissioner and also ran against Joiner in the 2008 election for City Council. Those violations, according to Cuenca, were “failing to disclose required information on Assuming Office and Annual Statements of Economic Interests.” “The FPPC found that you did fail to disclose required information on your Assuming Office and Annual Statements of Economic Interests,” the commission’s warning letter stated. According to the Fair Political Practices Committee warning letter, Joiner failed to disclose information about his business, Joiner Graphics, including its fair market value, business activity and his business position with the company. The letter served as a written warning. “The information in this matter will be retained and may be considered should an enforcement action become necessary based on newly discovered information or future conduct,” the commission’s letter states. “A warning letter is an FPPC case resolution without administrative prosecution or fine.” Joiner made a statement at Tuesday’s council meeting. “An individual that ran for the City Council in 2008 and who is now taking a lead role in the recall attempt against the three of us who defeated him in that election called me several weeks back and requested a meeting,” Joiner said. “At that meeting, he informed me he had gone through all of my FPPC 700 filings and found an error of omission, which he admitted was an oversight, but that he was going to file a complaint. He did so. The FPPC looked into it and agreed it was unintentional, and they asked me to make a correction. I did so and the matter is now closed and there is no fine. I wanted to get out there because I suspect it will be twisted and turned into something it was not.” The commission’s warning letter states, “... Because, however, you did not appear to be avoiding disclosing this information, since you disclosed the investment and income interests themselves, but instead failed to disclose the details of the interests, and, because you have since filed the required amendments to your Statements of Economic Interest, we have decided to close this case,”. Cuenca said the Placer County Elections Office “suggested I go to the Grand Jury.” “I haven’t decided if I’m going to do that,” Cuenca said.