Kellar Files Final Amended Form 700s
List of clients included in disclosure of commissions since 2002.
Santa Clarita Mayor Bob Kellar filed what he hopes are the last set of amended Statement of Economic Interests with the city clerk Tuesday afternoon.
Kellar had been questioned about income from real estate commissions greater than $10,000, which are required to be listed on the Form 700 statements that are filed with the Fair Political Practices Commission in Sacramento.
“I’m still uncomfortable with this,” Kellar said. “I think it’s a violation of my fiduciary responsibility to the people who do business with me. But I’ve consulted with two or three attorneys, two of them from the California Association of Realtors, and they said to submit the list.”
Roman Porter of the FPPC said that their agency handles the Form 700s for every elected official in the state and several high-ranking municipal employees. He estimated that they get 100,000 filings every year.
“The Political Reform Act sets up the reporting requirements and we do a multitude of things to help clarify the process,” Porter said. “The legislation and the people tell us what they want to know and we are charged with putting it all on a form.”
Critics have said that the form is complicated and sometimes hard to understand, but Porter said the commission does several forms of active outreach, including staffing a toll-free 800-number five days a week to help answer questions from both office holders and the public.
Other candidates and council members filing amended forms in the last week included council hopeful Laurie Ender and Councilman TimBen Boydston.