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Ender, Boydston amend financial forms

Missing financial information added to Form 700s.

Posted: March 25, 2008 1:05 a.m.
Updated: May 26, 2008 5:01 a.m.
 
A Santa Clarita City Council candidate and a sitting council member both filed amendments to financial disclosure forms, adding state-required information left off their original filings.

Candidate Laurie Ender's Form 700 - the Statement of Economic Interests - listed 33 investments, but Ender did not disclose the type of the investment for four of them.

The Signal notified Ender of the missing information Monday afternoon and she said she would "be happy to go back and check the boxes" to show the investments were stocks. She then filed amendments disclosing some of the information Monday evening and said she would disclose the remaining information by late evening.

"There is absolutely nothing to hide," she said.

Through the Political Reform Act, the state requires elected office holders to annually disclose financial information, including investments, gifts and income. Candidates seeking elected office are required to disclose the information when they file their nomination papers in January, according to City Clerk Sharon Dawson.

The law requires filers to provide all applicable information on the forms, and the state allows candidates and elected officials to file amendments at any time, according to Roman Porter, spokesman for the California Fair Political Practices Commission, which oversees compliance.

Councilman TimBen Boydston had also not checked a box disclosing the nature of an investment on his 2006 form.

Boydston told The Signal he made a mistake and filed amendments with the city clerk's office on March 6.
The commission recently began reviewing Mayor Bob Kellar's financial disclosure forms after he failed to disclose some financial information. Kellar filed amendments to include some of the missing information and has said he will file the additional amendments.

The commission has the authority to assess fines of up to $5,000 per violation and in determining whether a person will be fined, the commission looks at whether the filer deliberately omitted the information, Porter said.

"Our greatest concern is that there is full disclosure," he said.

Porter said that once amendments are filed, "if there's a reason to believe that disclosure is incomplete or inaccurate, that doesn't mean we wouldn't be contacting somebody."

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