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A Hews Media Group-Community News series of 2015 articles written by Publisher Brian Hews has resulted in the Fair Political Practices Commission fining Commerce Councilmember Ivan Altimirano $15,500.
The fine is substantially below what HMG-CN documented in the articles.
Two weeks before the Altamirano series in 2015, Hews reported on current Commerce Mayor Tina Baca Del Rio’s campaign violations.
That series resulted in a recent state record fine by the FPPC on Baca Del Rio of $104,000.
Altamirano’s violations were outlined in a series of articles by Hews and include multiple violations of state ethics laws, conflict of interest, failure to timely file campaign finance reports, and inaccurate reporting of campaign expenditures
Altimirano was cited for appointing his sister to the city planning commission, also making a decision about a traffic sign near his home and also the failing to file timely reports.file campaign-finance name in March 2013.
The hearing to confirm the fine is Sept. 15.
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