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Kellar amends financial forms

Posted: March 7, 2008 9:58 p.m.
Updated: May 8, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 
In the wake of questions about why he did not disclose his income on financial disclosure forms, Mayor Bob Kellar announced Friday he is amending the forms.

"I am embarrassed," he told The Signal early Friday evening. "You know, you get in a hurry and I missed it."

In his formal statement - crafted with care, he said - Kellar announced that he amended his Statement of Economic Interest Form 700 for the years 2002, 2003, and 2004 to include the listing of his gross income.

His prepared statement reads: "For a decade, I've been filing my Form 700 with the Santa Clarita City Clerk's office. However, it has been brought to my attention that on a number of occasions I did not check the box listing my gross income. I am embarrassed for this oversight. Today I have amended my forms and will be more care(ful) in the future."

Elected officials and certain appointed officials are required to file the reports on at least an annual basis.

Kellar, a two-term city councilman and prior to that a Santa Clarita City Planning Commissioner, has been filing the Form 700 since 1998. He was elected to the council in 2000.

Kellar is expected to keep in touch with the California Fair Political Practices Commission to ensure that his reports and any future amendments are complete.

Commission spokesman Roman Porter said late Friday afternoon that the review of Kellar's case is not an investigation.

"To characterize this as an investigation would not be accurate," he said. "The first thing we have to recognize is that we are aware of the situation. We are looking at it."

The commission, he said, is primarily interested in public officials making full disclosure.

"That's why we don't put time limits on when the amendments can be made," Porter said. "In any situation we are reviewing, where forms are filled out incompletely, we are concerned about whether or not the omission was inadvertent or intentional."

On Thursday, The Signal reported that the commission began looking into the possibility that Kellar may have violated state law by failing to disclose his earnings on a financial disclosure form.

Documents show that Kellar did not disclose his gross income on Form 700 twice in 2002, twice in 2003 and once in 2004.

Although City Council members submit the forms to the Santa Clarita city clerk's office, the commission oversees compliance and has the authority to fine officials up to $5,000 per violation.

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