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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

David Lee Dinged for Failing to Report Income

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 5:55 AM

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On the heels of the state's Fair Political Practices Commission popping San Francisco commissioner Andrea Shorter for failing to disclose her income on conflict of interest statements, another city politico has received a terse letter from Sacramento.

David Lee, a former Parks and Recreation Commissioner and also-ran in the race for District 1 supervisor was chided by the FPPC for failing to report his income as a commissioner while doing so as a candidate.

Both Shorter and Lee were targeted by former Supervisor Aaron Peskin, who filed written complaints with the FPPC. "I am two-for-two," he told SF Weekly.

The FPPC's Jan. 23 letter was brief and to the point. Here's the highlight:

Your actions violated the [Political Reform] Act because you failed to disclose your income from Chinese American Voter Education Committee on multiple Statements of Economic Interests filed for your position on the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission. However, because you disclosed Chinese American Voter Education Committee as a source of income on the Candidate Statement of Economic Interests you filed when running for election to the Board of Supervisors in San Francisco and because, in May 2012, you had amended your previously filed Statements of Economic Interest filed for San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission, we are closing your case with this warning letter. ... 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.

Lee's wife, Jing, served on the Commission on the Status of Women until 2008. In that year, both Lees listed Chinese American Voter Eduction Committee (CAVEC) as providing between $10,000 and $100,000 in salary. David Lee, however, failed to list CAVEC in every year since. He appended his 2009, '10, '11, and '12 filings in May of last year.

"As soon as I learned of the problem, I corrected it," said David Lee. As to how this happened, he said "Let's just say, I made a mistake. I take ownership of it."

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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