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Letter: Foust vs. FPPC, Round 2

Redwood City resident Adrian Brandt predicts Councilmember Rosanne Foust will be fined by the Fair Political Practices Commission for commenting on the proposed Cargill Saltworks project.

Editor's Note: The original letter to the editor included an inaccurate statement about the FPPC's warning against Councilmember Foust "multiple times." It has been corrected: Councilmember Foust was in violation of conflict of interest laws only once in 2010.

This is the letter from the FPPC: http://www.fppc.ca.gov/enf_letter/08-12-10/ENF035.pdf

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Dear Editor,

With all due respect to Councilmember Ian Bain, but that to point out the ongoing conflict of interest his colleague Rosanne Foust has on the Cargill bay fill plan is "politics of personal destruction" is way off base.

Councilmember Foust is on notice that the Fair Political Practices Commission determined that she was in violation of state laws on conflict of interest in 2010. With respect to the massively controversial bay fill plan, Foust was warned by the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) not to use her official position "in any way."

At the , Councilmember Foust defiantly thumbed her nose at the FPPC, again intervening directly into the debate over the project, singing Cargill’s praises, even claiming that she is recused on this issue merely because “I’ve been dinged.”

State conflict of interest laws are not something to make light of; our public officials do need to obey the law. I am grateful that there are residents with the courage to call it like they see it, because the violation here again is clear. Foust was warned in 2010, and so I'll be surprised if she isn't fined this time in what looks like politics of personal self-destruction.

--Adrian Brandt

 

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Bill Bohlen April 26, 2012 at 08:59 PM
She just can not keep from sticking her nose into this mess. You would think after so many years on the Council she would be a little smarter.
hms April 27, 2012 at 02:18 PM
The council should pay attention to the people and not Cargil. Rosanne Foust as well as the mayor should stop trying to make a deal with Cargill.
Rosanne April 27, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Foust not only "defiantly thumbed her nose at the FPPC" she shows disdain for the very processes she is supposed to uphold as a then mayor and now council member.
Roger Brina April 27, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Seriously, why is she still in office? Someone who can't understand what conflict of interest means even after getting her hand slapped is someone who needs to be removed from office.
GD April 28, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Rosanne Foust was obviously seriously out of line in the whole event. However, we have a very docile and biddable council and, if past performance is any prediction, we can easily predict that the ad-hoc committee, in May, will fall in line behind DMB's marching orders. DMB will unveil its new scheme in June and in July or August the council will put it to the vote.

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