Fair Political Practices Commission Acknowledges Receipt of Sworn Complaint Against Trustee Hatton-Hodson

On Saturday October 1, 2016 I received a letter from the Fair Political Practices Commission regarding Trustee Hatton-Hodson's failure to report her business interest in InnovateEd, Systems Leadership Collaborative and LCAPca.

Letter from FPPC - look at the date- CUSD hired them before the Board meeting approved the Contract-

This letter was mailed on September 28, 2016.

There is a cc: to a Mr. Adam Silver of Olsen, Hagel & Fishburn LLP.

On September 28, 2016 CUSD, Trustees were asked to vote to approve the hiring of this law firm.

At the September 28, 2016 BOT meeting CUSD is retaining Olson Hagel & Fishburn LLP to:

"Provide legal services regarding Fair Political Practices Commission matters and related advice.". 

Trustee Hatoon - Hodson is an elected official and is responsible for her 700 form.  

Board Policy 9270 clearly states that Governmental Ethics and avoiding conflicts of interest are your  personal responsibility. 

It is a mis-use of taxpayer funds for CUSD to be retaining this firm to represent Lynn Hatton Hodson and every Trustee who voted to approve this contract has breached their fiduciary duty to taxpayers and students.

Obviously this firm was retained prior to receiving Board Approval.

The contract can be found at the following link:

http://capousd-ca.schoolloop.com/file/1218998819331/1455438848279/9111586113321678304.pdf Exhibit #4 - no page numbers so you need to scroll to find it.

As a taxpayer, I am very concerned about the amount of money (over $2 million dollars last month alone) that has been spent on technology and professional development. Trustee Lynn Hatton - Hodson owns a company, InnovateEd that is in the education field and provides professional development services to the education community. She failed to disclose her business interests on her form 700's. At the same time her business has grown from under $1 million dollars as stated on previous form 700's to its present $2.4 million. As a result, I asked the District Attorney to look into potential conflict of interest charges against Trustee Hatton-Hodson. I also filed a complaint with the Fair Political Practices Commission. Both investigations are on-going.

Letter to District Attorney:

http://disclosurecusd.blogspot.com/2016/08/august-28-2016-letter-to-da-tony.html

Fair Political Practices Complaint:

http://disclosurecusd.blogspot.com/2016/09/fair-political-practices-complaint.html