Did Acton violate FPPC regulations? City Attorney says ‘no’ but watch it
Did former Councilwoman Lori Acton violate fair political practice regulations by going to work for the Timbisha Shoshone tribe as a paid consultant on their casino project?
No, said City Attorney Keith Lemieux, but Acton needs to watch her step in the future.
Acton raised hackles by going to work for the tribe, causing some to speculate she is violating Fair Political Practices Commission regulations Section 87406.3 of the Political Reform Act, also known as “The Local One-Year Ban.” This section prohibits former government officials from appearing before or communicating with their former agency in a attempt to influence decisions in return for compensation for a year after leaving office.
Acton left the Ridgecrest City Council in Dec. 2016 and took the position with the tribe on March 1, 2017. While in office, she consistently voted in favor of items supporting the casino project and is an outspoken casino advocate.