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Palo Alto mayor faces state fine over campaign disclosures

Original post made on Feb 18, 2021

Mayor Tom DuBois is facing a $402 fine for twice failing to file semiannual reports on behalf of his campaign in 2019, a year after he secured his election to a second term on the City Council.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, February 18, 2021, 9:10 AM

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Posted by Not Good Enough
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 18, 2021 at 10:13 am

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Kelsey, Kelsey, Kelsey,
Perhaps too much covid time on your hands led you to carpet-bomb FPPC complaints on a slew of city council members? All whom you dicker with politically - that's hardly mere coincidence.

You are also Regional Executive Director of Peninsula YIMBY Action, so more likely the motivation is political axe grinding. Otherwise you would have filed on other election candidates less objectionable to you who are vulnerable to FPPC complaints. Not cool, Kelsey.





Posted by Carol Scott
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Feb 18, 2021 at 10:52 am

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Amazing how quickly the FPPC can move when it wants to. Took 4 years to complete investigation of Liz Kniss.


Posted by Heinrich Gerhardt
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 18, 2021 at 10:56 am

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A $201.00 fine (times 2) is a drop in the bucket and no big deal to pay.

Politically motivated dirt? Perhaps but then again, the PACC members must adhere to certain governing rules as well.

If each of Mr. DuBois supporters were to chip in a quarter (25¢), this fine would be paid off in a heartbeat.

No worries either way and no big deal one way or the other.

Now it's time for the PACC to get down to doing some real work rather than simply posturing themselves.


Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Feb 18, 2021 at 10:57 am

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Also coming here to correct Ms. Barnes' political affiliation, too, re YIMBY since it's so critical to get it right and understand who's pulling what strings.

It's also critical to look at YIMBY's lobbying efforts to control the "Democratic Party's" endorsement of its issues and candidates like Ms. Barnes' partner -- a former PA council member whose claim to fame was "civility" -- since the local "Democratic Party" only seems to listen to the YIMBY faction.

I'm a Democrat and was never asked for MY input.


Posted by Novelera
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 18, 2021 at 1:41 pm

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Wow, YIMBY couldn't win at the polls so now they are taking pot shots at City Council candidates who DID win. Tom DuBois clearly explained in this article how he didn't complete the filings. The fines are trivial and so is the person/group having filed them.


Posted by Douglas Moran
a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 18, 2021 at 3:18 pm

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Corrections to the Weekly's article:
I am responding for the Kou campaign because I worked on these items.

> "Kou ... didn't file a formal form to establish a campaign committee until June 4"

False: This form was filed with the CA Secretary of State on March 11 and the Kou Campaign received acknowledgment that it had been processed and accepted on April 1. The June 4 date is when that form from the SoS was entered into the online database used by the City Clerk.

> "The commission's Enforcement Division has also received a complaint against council member Lydia Kou ... and has opened an investigation into whether she committed any violations."

False. The Kou Campaign was notified of the complaint on February 9 stating that "we [the Commission] have not made any determination about the allegation(s)". A response has been filed. The Campaign has not been notified of any decision by the Commission about whether "the allegations of the complaint do not warrant the Commission's further action."

Part of the complaint not mentioned in the article was that the use of the acronym such as "PAUSD" to identify a contributor's employer "deprived the public of timely information regarding campaign contributions". We have updated the reporting forms to eliminate these picayune complaints.


Posted by Pete Danger
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 18, 2021 at 4:48 pm

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Don’t know how Tom deals with all the crap. I couldn’t


Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Feb 18, 2021 at 7:22 pm

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"We have updated the reporting forms to eliminate these picayune complaints."

That's one way to describe these 2-figure and 3-figure contributions.

Now let's look at YIMBY contributions from big tech which run into the 6 figures and 7 figures according to Wikipedia Web Link when it reported on just a few of the donations to the CA YIMBY party which -- based on its individual dues of $100 and its published number of 80,000 members totals $8,000,000.

"From 2018 to 2020, the lobbying group California YIMBY joined over 100 Bay Area technology industry executives in supporting state senator Scott Wiener's Senate Bills 827 and 50. The bills failed in the state senate after multiple attempts at passage.[58]:1[59]:1[60] California YIMBY received $100,000 from Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman, $1 million from Irish entrepreneurs John and Patrick Collison through their company, Stripe, and $500,000 raised by Pantheon CEO Zach Rosen and GitHub CEO Nat Friedman.[61][62]"

Some in College Terrace remember Yelp Ceo Stoppelman's promise to replace JJ&F with a grocery AND its corporate headquarters until Yelp generated such bad press for underpaying its employees and then engaging in retaliatory firings that it took its money and left Palo Alto and for the East Bay. It also left the costs of dealing with the site it left behind.

But sure, let's focus on those picayune complaints about piddling contributions while claiming YIMBY really really cares about affordability and worker equity.


Posted by community member
a resident of University South
on Feb 21, 2021 at 6:11 pm

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Ms Banes has disgraced herself by filing complaints against well-respected council members for trivial, inconsequential mistakes.
I wonder whether she similarly objected when Liz Kniss was accused of collecting and failing to report $19,340 in contributions. (From developers).
Banes' inexperience is a frequent source of embarrassment.


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