Palo Alto City Councilman Adrian Fine will not face a penalty for failing to put his campaign's identification number on an envelope that he used to send out a mailer last October, the state's Fair Political Practices Commission informed him in a letter Thursday.
The state agency, which enforces the Political Reform Act, decided not to issue a fine despite finding that he violated the Act's mass mailing disclosure provisions, the letter stated. Specifically, he did not include his FPPC number on an envelope used for an Oct. 12 mailer, though the number was included on the mailer itself.
Galena West, chief of the FPPC Enforcement Division, notified Fine that the agency's regulations require that "every mass mailing contain the name, street address, and city of the candidate or committee sending the mailing on the outside of each piece of mail in the mass mailing."
"Your actions violated the Act because you failed to insert the phrase 'Paid for by' on the envelopes containing a mass mailing sent by your committee," West wrote.
However, because he has no prior enforcement cases; disclosed the name and address of the committee as the sender on the envelope; and included the proper disclosure on the letter itself, the agency is "closing your case with this warning letter," West wrote. The warning letter, she noted, "resolves a case without administrative prosecution or fine."
The letter also notes that the information obtained by the FPPC will be "retained and may be considered should an enforcement action become necessary based on newly discovered information or future conduct."
"Failure to comply with the provisions of the Act in the future will result in monetary penalties of up to $5,000 for each violation," West wrote.
Fine is one of three council members against whom the FPPC had launched investigation. The agency had also launched investigations against Vice Mayor Liz Kniss and Councilman Greg Tanaka, each of whom was accused in anonymous complaints of violating campaign-finance regulations.