Azusa Unified School Board Member Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez is being fined by the Fair Political Practices Commission for failing to report campaign funds, according to a statement from the commission.
Cruz-Gonzalez, a current school board member, did not meet the deadline for a semi-annual campaign statement for the period between Jan. 1, 2008 and June 30, 2008, according to the statement.
The proposed fine for the failure is $400, according to the FPPC.
In addition to her work as a board member, Cruz-Gonzalez is a well-known anti-mining advocate in the community that has championed an effort to turn down a recent mining plan for the Azusa Rock Quarry.
She has often spoken out regarding the project, but has always said that her role as a board member is separate to her work advocating against the mining project.
UPDATE: Since there was a lot of discussion regarding this post, I did a quick follow up.
Sent a request to the county recorder’s office regarding campaign statements for school board members during the same period Cruz-Gonzalez was fined for not turning in the statements.
Here are the dates each member turned in the statements, according to the county.
Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez 470 Statement 04/28/2010
Barbara Dickerson 460 Statement 07/31/2008
Rosemary Garcia 470 Statement 08/20/2008
John Burke Hamilton 470 Statement 08/18/2008
Ilean M. Ochoa 470 Statement 08/19/2008
UPDATE THE SEQUEL: Got some more information from the county.
The deadline for turning in the statement was indeed July 31 (kudos to David mentioning that below, as I forgot). Following failure to meet the deadline, the county sends a notice to each person that allows an additional 10 days to turn in the statement. If there is no response from that notice, a second specific notice is sent to each person that allows for an additional 15 days to file.
“If they don’t respond after that notice, then we refer them to the FPPC,” said Josefina Arvizu, who works for the Campaign Finance Disclosure Section of the county registrar’s office. “After we send it to FPPC, that is out of our hands.”