FPPC finds Moore not in violation of conflict of interest rules
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By Dave Williams  July 19, 2013 12:00 am

After reviewing a conflict of interest complaint filed against Cotati Planning Commissioner Lisa Moore, the California Fair Political Practices Commission has determined no violation has occurred.

The complaint stemmed from a Feb. 19 planning commission meeting on the issue of Cotati’s ban on formula-based businesses, specifically fast-food restaurants. The person filing the complaint felt Moore’s decision not to recuse herself from the discussions created the conflict of interest.

Moore, a former mayor and councilwoman, works for Tubby’s Restaurant in Cotati as a waitress, and an influx of formula-based businesses could have an impact on locally owned eateries, including the Redwood Café, The Galley at the Cotati Yacht Club, Café Salsa and Marvin’s Restaurant.

In a letter to Moore dated July 9, Adam Silver, commission counsel for the Enforcement Division of the FPPC, stated, “Our investigation revealed that, in this particular circumstance, there is insufficient evidence to demonstrate that the item you opposed would have a material financial effect on your economic interest, Tubby's Restaurant. Therefore, the Enforcement Division has decided to close this matter with this advisory letter.”

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