Political Reform Act
From Watergate to Fair Political Practices
In the aftermath of the Watergate scandal, California was the first state to pass a comprehensive political reform package. Proposition 9, known today as The Political Reform Act, was passed as a ballot measure by California voters in the June 1974 election. The initiative was championed by a tripartite group consisting of then-Secretary of State Jerry Brown, the People’s Lobby, and Common Cause. By including provisions regulating campaign finance, lobbying activity and conflicts of interest, Proposition 9 represented the most significant state-level response to the culture of corruption that was believed to be so pervasive in the pre-Watergate years (Source: California Fair Political Practices Commission).
In Union City
The Political Reform Act requires the City Clerk, serving as the Filing Officer, to administer the Union City Conflict of Interest Code. Officials designated in the Conflict of Interest Code are required to file the following forms with the City Clerk:
- Assuming Office Statement when assuming a designated position
- An annual statement each year
- A Leaving Office Statement within 30 days of resignation of termination
- Candidate Statement (for elected officials only)
- Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700)
Statements of Economic Interest filed by certain State and Local Government agency elected officers are available in electronic format on the Fair Political Practices Commission's website.
Local Campaign Filings – Online Posting (AB 2151 (Gallagher) – Chapter 214, Statutes of 2020.)
Beginning January 1, 2021, this law requires local government agencies to post campaign statements and reports on their agency’s website, within 72 hours of each applicable filing deadline, if they are filed in paper format. If the final day of the 72-hour period is a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, the period is extended to the next day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday.
Before posting, the local filing officer shall redact the street name and building number of the persons or entity representatives listed on any statement, report, or document, or any bank account number required to be disclosed by the filer. Providing a link on the agency’s internet website to the statement, report, or other document satisfies this requirement.
This bill further requires that the statements and reports be made available for four years from the date of the election associated with the filing. This bill is operative January 1, 2021.
Please CLICK HERE to read AB 2151
Filers (in alphabetical order)
|Vipan Bajwa||Not Yet Assigned||Nov 2022 - Council District 3||VB 501 - Candidate Intention Statement|
|Sarabjit Cheema||1433405||Nov 2020 - Mayor||SKC Form 501|
* No Additional Forms Filed by Candidate
|Carol Dutra-Vernaci||990051||Nov 2020 - Mayor||CDV Form 501|
|Lee Guio||Not Yet Assigned||Nov 2022 - Council District 3||LG 501 - Candidate Intention Statement|
|Sandi Holder Grayson||1431695||Nov 2020 - Council District 1||SHG Form 501|
|Jaime Patino||1425023||Nov 2020 - Mayor||JP Form 501|
|Jaime Patino||1378625||Nov 2022 - Council District 2|
|Save Our Hills||NA|
|Scott Sakakihara||1438746||Nov 2022 - Council District 4||SS 501 - Candidate Intention Statement|
|Gary Singh||1425084||Nov 2020 - Council District 1||GS Form 501|
|Jeff Wang||1441633||Nov 2022 - Council District 3||JW 501 - Candidate Intention Statement|
|Union City Police Officers Association Issues PAC||NA|
|Yes on Measure WW||1422280||Nov 2020||Form 410|
Form 460; 07/01/20 to 09/19/20
Form 460; 06/30/20to 9/25/20 Amended
Form 497; Report 1
Form 460; 09/20/20 to 10/17/20
Form 497; Report 2
Form 460; 10/18/20 to 10/30/20
Form 497; Report 3
Form 497; Report 4