O.C. official fined $2,000 for voting on campaign donor's project
A Huntington Beach planning commissioner has been fined $2,000 for voting on a large development project and then failing to disclose that the builder has donated money to her failed bid to win a seat on the city council.
Barbara Delgleize did not disclose the $520 donation from Irvine-based Sares-Regis Group to her unsuccessful 2010 campaign when she voted in favor of the company's housing and commercial project in February 2011, the Fair Political Practices Commission said.
The company want to to build a 487-unit apartment complex and 14,500-square-foot commercial project at Edinger Avenue and Gothard Street.
The FPPC also fined Sares-Regis $3,500 for failing to disclose its donation to Delgleize, the Huntington Beach Independent reported.
The state agency, which monitors and regulates campaign financing, launched an investigation into Delgleize in March 2011 after Planning Commissioner Mark Bixby filed a complaint.
Delgleize, who again is running for a council seat this November, conceded in a letter to the FPPC that she should have disclosed the Sares-Regis donation and that it was an error on her part.
The FPPC said Delgleize should have disclosed the donation and then recused herself from voting on the project. Delgleize has agreed to pay the fine.
Sares-Regis spokeswoman Zoe Solsby said her company made an honest mistake, and there were no attempts to hide anything. "It was an error on our part, and we're sorry it happened," Solsby said.
-- Monda Shadia, TCN
Photo: Barbara Delgleize speaks during a candidate forum at the Murdy Community Center during her 2010 campaign for Huntington Beach City Council. Credit: Scott Smeltzer / Times Community News