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City Attorney: Public Can't See Report

He reviewed disclosure laws for City Council.

Posted: March 3, 2008 6:33 p.m.
Updated: May 2, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 
City Attorney Carl Newton said Friday that his report on the state's disclosure laws for public officials will be given to the City Council and is not intended for public review.

The report will shed light on whether Mayor Bob Kellar may have violated state laws in failing to record his earnings on financial disclosure forms.

At the March 11 City Council meeting, council members will determine whether they will waive their privilege to keep Newton's report confidential.

At Tuesday's council meeting, local activist Bruce McFarland presented the council with Kellar's California Fair Political Practices Form 700, a statement of economic interests. McFarland said Kellar did not include some of the required information on the forms filed in 2002, 2003 and 2004.

McFarland called on the council to investigate the matter, but the council offered little response. Newton is now compiling a report for the council's review.

"There are some ambiguities in the law as to the duty to report income and that is something that I am currently researching," he said.

McFarland had also questioned why the city clerk did not require the information when Kellar turned in his forms. Newton said, however, that the city clerk "has no duty to ensure that information appropriately contained in that report is actually in that report."

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