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Friday, September 13, 2013

San Francisco Librarian, City Commissioner Slated to Be Fined By State

Posted By on Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 10:59 AM

click to enlarge Here's another thing to report in the library...
  • Here's another thing to report in the library...

Many a library patron has faced a financial penalty for borrowing material and failing to return it. Now San Francisco's top librarian can identify with them just a little more.

Luis Herrera, San Francisco's city librarian, is slated to be fined $600 by the state's Fair Political Practices Committee. At issue: His failure to report gifts given to him by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library on disclosure forms in 2009, '10, and '11.

That fine, by the way, is enough to cover the overdue fees on a San Francisco Public Library book for some 16 years. A message for Herrera has not yet been returned; staffers say he is unwell and recuperating at home.

Herrera is not the only city politico the FPPC is looking to ding.

The body is also pushing a $600 fine for Linda Richardson, who has worn multiple hats in this city: Director of the Treasure Island Development Authority; a Human Rights Commissioner; and member of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency.

The FPPC found that, between 2009 and 2011, Richardson was "employed by ADR Continental Group, a public relations firm that has contracted with the City and County of San Francisco on multiple occasions. [Richardson] failed to timely disclose her income and interest in ADR Continental Group, as well as her ownership of various stocks, on her Annual Statement of Economic Interests" for those years.

A message for Richardson has also not been returned.

Richardson's erstwhile colleague on the Treasure Island Development Authority, Claudine Cheng, recently resigned after it was revealed she was lobbying on behalf of Pet Food Express -- in violation of city rules forbidding commissioners to accept money to influence fellow commissioners.

Earlier this year, Andrea Shorter, a member of the Commission on the Status of Women, was pinged $800 by the FPPC for failing to report outside income. And erstwhile District 1 supervisorial candidate David Lee was in January admonished for the same oversight.

Update, 1 p.m.: The San Francisco Public Library released the following statement: The Friends and the Library requested direction from the FPPC months ago for clarity on how to comply. Since then, new systems have been put in place. Mr. Herrera takes the reporting obligations seriously and wants to ensure that any unintentional reporting errors are rectified.

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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" is a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly, which he has written for since 2007. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers... more


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