Former Mayor files FPPC complaint against Raimondo and Richardson
Former Mammoth Mayor and citizen activist Kathy Cage has filed complaints with the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) against former Mayor Michael Raimondo and current Mayor Shields Richardson due to their participation in voting on expanding parking in the Village at Mammoth.
The complaints, filed on May 23, state that two violations were committed by both Raimondo and Richardson: Incomplete/inaccurate Form 700 reporting (Form 700 lists financial interests for public servants and is also known as a Statement of Economic Interest); and participating in three separate votes moving the town toward adding additional public parking near the restaurants they own. Raimondo owns the the Old New York Deli and Bagel Co. and Richardson owns Side Door Cafe, both located in the Village at Mammoth.
“Neither one of them has filed their Statement of Economic Interests correctly,” Cage told The Sheet. “If you are a business owner and you have a lease, that is considered a ‘Real Property’ interest. Both of those guys have businesses with leases and did not list them.”
Copies of the Form 700 sent to the FPPC by Cage show that Raimondo does list Old New York Bagel & Deli Co. on the Schedule A-2 as an “Investment,” but not as a “Real Property.”
“He should have filed a Schedule B report of a real property interest in a lease for a local restaurant he owns in the Village,” Cage stated in her complaint.
“It’s not ‘Real Property’ because I’m just a lessee,” Raimondo told The Sheet. “I don’t own the property.”
Richardson listed “Gone Fishing Inc. [Doing Business As Side Door]” on his schedule A-2 as a “Business Entity,” but not as “Real Property.”