October 26, 2019

Former Alhambra Councilwoman Dares Public to Find Corruption, So We Did!

At one point, Commissioner Messina stated to the packed audience, “I’m challenging you right now publicly to produce any legitimate tangible proof of corruption at city hall during my last 12 years or anything now because you’re very free with the accusations.”

We Accept Your Challenge, Commissioner Messina

October 09, 2019

Another Former Alhambra Councilman Violates Political Reform Act

Stephen Sham, recently termed-out Alhambra Councilman, violated the Political Reform Act.

May 11, 2019

Alhambra Councilmembers Warned by State Commission

Other Alhambra City Councilmembers who have been warned or fined for violating the Political Reform Act include: recently termed-out (for the second time) councilwoman, Barabara Messina, who was fined $14,000 by the FPPC in 2010 for operating an illegal PAC; recently termed-out councilman, Gary Yamauchi, who was fined $232 by the FPPC in 2017 for not reporting required donor information on $3,200 in donations; recently termed-out councilman, Steven Placido, who was warned by the FPPC in January 2017 for not reporting all required donor information and fined $950 the same month by the L.A. County Registrar for filing campaign finance reports 95 days late; and former Alhambra Councilman and current San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District Board Director, Mark Paulson, who was fined $100 by the FPPC in 2019 for not disclosing consulting income on his statements of economic interest (Form 700).

February 20, 2019

Former Alhambra Councilman Violated Political Reform Act

The Enforcement Division of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) has concluded that former 3-term Alhambra Councilman and current San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (SGVMWD) Board Director, Mark R. Paulson, violated the Political Reform Act by not disclosing his controlling interest in Gateway Consultant on his Statements of Economic Interest (Form 700s). Director Paulson is not disputing the charge.

January 30, 2019

The Alhambra City Council voted unanimously on Monday night to negotiate with the Grassroots Alhambra* non-profit over provisions in a ballot measure that would cap city campaign donations at $250 and change the city’s voting system from at-large to by-district.

January 22, 2019

Former Alhambra City Councilman Was Consulting Without a Business License

Former Alhambra City Councilman and current San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District Board Director, Mark R. Paulson, began consulting on large development projects and municipal contracts sometime after he left city office in 2006. However, he failed to notify the City of Alhambra that he was making money doing so out of the real estate offices of Anthony Venti Realtors, Inc. in Alhambra.

January 03, 2019

Former Alhambra Councilman Luis Ayala Dodges Potential State Fine

Had the FPPC determined that Ayala improperly reported over $100,000 in campaign funds before the statute of limitations was reached, the fine would likely have been hefty since the misreported amount was so large.

November 02, 2018

Dark Money, Special Interest PACs, and Big-Dollar Donations Invade Alhambra 2018 Elections

It’s no secret that Alhambra elections are an unregulated smorgasbord for moneyed interests and establishment elites who, depending on the outcome of the election, have so much to gain or lose monetarily. (Colorado Boulevard.net)

November 01, 2018

Grassroots campaign finance measure set for 2020 ballot

A ballot measure that would impose limits on campaign donations and change the voting system for City Council from at large to by district officially has enough signatures to be on the 2020 ballot. (Alhambra Source)

August 31, 2017

Op-Ed: It’s time to have a conversation about campaign finance reform

Alhambra does not have a campaign finance ordinance, or as many cities call it, an anti-corruption ordinance in its charter. (Alhambra Source)

April 24, 2018

Changing Alhambra’s “Pay-For-Play” System

A ballot initiative is being put forth in Alhambra by the nonprofit 501(c)(4), Grassroots Alhambra In Action, a sister organization of Grassroots Alhambra, to establish campaign finance laws for local elections and institute by-district City Council elections.​ (Colorado Boulevard.net)

March 14, 2018

Non-profit group to file petition to change election rules in Alhambra

“The purpose is to remove the influence of money over elected officials and city government,” (Alhambra Source)

March 13, 2018

Alhambra residents aim to limit real estate developers’ influence in city elections

A group of Alhambra residents is looking to change the way its City Council is elected to “level the playing field” for grassroots candidates. (Pasadena Star News)

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