No conflict for Clif

A desperate move to mar Humboldt County Supervisor Clif Clendenen in his job as a director on the North Coast Rail Authority has hit the skids.

A complaint filed with the FPPC alleged Clif had a conflict of interest because the train tracks run near his apple orchard.  The FPPC didn’t buy it.  Other NCRA directors also have property near the line but strangely, they were omitted from the complaint.

Times-Standard: Clendenen cleared of conflict of interest complaint; agency said there is ‘insufficient evidence’

  1. June 24, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Is it “near” or more accurately right alongside, bordering, next to or adjacent to his (their) property?

    Are you beginning to take liberties like the T-S reporting?

  2. Anonymous
    June 24, 2011 at 8:58 am

    You will find John Pelletier (the accuser) is on both of the Rodoni support lists. Political vendetta? Naw…

  3. Plain Jane
    June 24, 2011 at 9:05 am

    I’m SO surprised! (rolling eyes)

  4. tra
    June 24, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Asw I said on Sohum Parlance:

    From the description in the original article, it sounded like quite a reach, without even any clear indication of what the alleged conflict of interest was supposed to be, so I’m not at all surprised that the FPPC decided that there was nothing there.

    Unfortunately, the people who filed the complaint probably knew full well that this would be the outcome, and were just counting on the fact that some folks would see the accusation and get a vaguely negative feeling about Clif from it, but miss the exoneration, or discount it as the FPPC being wimpy. It’s a sleazy tactic, but sadly not at all an unusual one in the world of politics.

    It will be interesting to see if the exoneration gets at least approximately equal placement and column-inches as the accusation did, or whether this will be like one of those erroneous front-page stories with the screaming headline that is then followed some time later by a page 12, one-sentence correction, buried at the end of some obscure unrelated article. I hope not, as that sort of treatment encourages people to take these sorts of sleazy swipes at their opponents in the hopes that the accusation is the only thing many readers end up seeing and/or remembering.

  5. tra
    June 24, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Which is not to say I’m an uncritical supporter of Clif. Far from it. I might well support someone else, depending on who his opponents are. But I would like to see a “fair fight,” not this kind of weak-ass crapola.

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