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Kellar files his missing info

Mayor lists income sources by amending disclosure forms.

Posted: March 26, 2008 12:29 a.m.
Updated: May 27, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 
Santa Clarita Mayor Bob Kellar filed amendments to his financial disclosure forms Tuesday, nearly a month after a local activist pointed out missing financial information on some of Kellar's statements of economic interests.

"(Kellar) thoroughly ran all the legal traps to see what his obligation is," said Scott Wilk, the mayor's campaign manager.

"Protecting the rights of privacy of private individuals, I think, is a time-honored tradition, and he wanted to determine exactly what he needed to disclose to be in compliance with the law and still do what he could to protect the privacy of people with his business," Wilk said Tuesday.

Kellar, who is a Realtor, is running for re-election to the Santa Clarita City Council on April 8. He was first elected in 2000.

A state commission had been reviewing his disclosure forms for missing information, which could constitute a violation of state law.

Kellar filed amendments Tuesday listing names of his individual sources of income of $10,000 or more from 2002 through 2007. He also listed the dates of the transactions.

The state requires candidates and elected officials to disclose their financial information, including investments, gifts and income, including individual sources of income of at least $10,000. Those sources would include real estate commissions, according to Roman Porter, spokesman for the California Fair Political Practices Commission.

A partner in real estate sales firm Kellar-Davis Inc., Kellar has said he had not been aware of the requirement to disclose sources of real estate commissions.

Deliberately failing to disclose the required information could result in fines and potentially misdemeanor charges, according to the FPPC.

Before Kellar announced on Thursday that he would file the amendments, the FPPC had reviewed his previously filed statements of economic interests, or Form 700s, and then drafted a letter to notify Kellar of his responsibility to disclose the information.

"We were in the process of drafting a letter informing (Kellar) of his duty to comply with the Political Reform Act," said Roman Porter, spokesman for the commission. "However, in light of his statement that he is filing amendments ... we will wait to review those amendments before taking any further action."

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