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State Looks into Mayor

Posted: March 6, 2008 12:43 a.m.
Updated: May 7, 2008 5:02 a.m.
The California Fair Political Practices Commission is looking into the possibility that Mayor Bob Kellar may have violated state law by failing to disclose his earnings on a financial disclosure form, a commission spokesman said Wednesday.

Documents show that Kellar did not disclose his gross income on the Statement of Economic Interests Form 700 twice in 2002, twice in 2003 and once in 2004. Kellar was elected to the council in 2000.

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

Bruce McFarland, a Saugus Democrat running for the state Senate, had asked the city and the City Council to investigate the findings at the Feb. 26 council meeting.

Kellar did not respond to the allegations at the council meeting.

"I'm aware of the complaint," he said Wednesday. "I'm in contact with the FPPC, and we'll have to see how this thing works out."

Failing to report required information is a violation of state law, commission spokesman Roman Porter said Wednesday.

"The FPPC requires that forms are filled out in their entirety," he said. "Filers are required to provide the information that's applicable."

Kellar disclosed that he was a partner of Canyon Country real estate sales company Kellar-Davis, Inc. and the president of a business called Bob Kellar, Inc. but did not list the gross income from each business entity in 2002 and 2003. His earnings as president of Bob Kellar, Inc. were not recorded in 2004.

The form requires filers to disclose the name of single sources of income of $10,000 or more. In 2005, Kellar did not disclose any single sources of income that totaled more than $10,000. Kellar, however, was a selling agent when the Santa Clarita Community College District purchased the College of the Canyons Canyon Country Campus property in 2005.

He confirmed Wednesday that he had earned a commission of more than $10,000 as a selling agent in that transaction.

City Attorney Carl Newton has compiled a report for council members on the legal requirements for disclosing financial information. The report will be given to the council and will not be released to the public unless the council waives its confidentiality privilege. Council members could waive that privilege as early as their next meeting on March 11.


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