Fair Political Practices Commission (“Commission”)MEMORANDUM
To: Chair Ravel, Commissioners Garrett, Eskovitz, Montgomery, andRotundaFrom: Gary S. Winuk, Chief of EnforcementDate: September 22, 2011RE: CalPERS Gift Non-Reporting Cases. FPPC Nos. 11/367 Jesse Arguelles;11/370 Lyndall Baker; 11/377 Sarah Corr; 11/385 Richard Duffy;11/386 Michael Dutton; 11/388 Rob Feckner; 11/389 Alfonso Fernandez;11/390 Shaun “John” Greenwood; 11/396 Sue Kane; 11/399 DennisKnueven; 11/403 Joncarlo Mark; 11/405 Dave Merwin; 11/406 LouisMoret; 11/437 Mary Morris; 11/410 Omid Rezania
I. EX PARTE COMMUNICATIONS
In any administrative case handled under California State law, neither party maycommunicate directly with the decision maker without giving the other party anopportunity to be present and participate in the communication. (CaliforniaAdministrative Procedures Act, Government Code § 11430.10.) For the listed casesrelated to CalPERS respondents, the respondents have been provided notice and anopportunity to participate in the communication.
This memo is being prepared to provide the Commission with additionalinformation to that usually provided in a proposed streamlined settlement exhibit due tothe special circumstances and volume of the cases related to CalPERS employees.On August 19, 2010, the
Los Angeles Times
published a story entitled, “CalPERSInvestment staff receive luxury travel, gifts from financial firms.” The article relatedinformation obtained from the deposition of a former CalPERS investment managerconcerning “gifts” he had received from CalPERS investment partners. The EnforcementDivision also separately received a complaint regarding the deposition information.As a result of the complaint and article, the Enforcement Division began a pro-active investigation to determine if any other CalPERS investment managers hadreceived gifts from CalPERS investment partners over the $50 disclosure limit providedfor in the Political Reform Act (the Act).