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Disclosures and Ethics

The California Political Reform Act (Government Code Sections 81000-91014)

The California Political Reform Act requires many public officials and employees to file public, personal financial disclosure reports known as Statements of Economic Interests.  Under the Act, cities are required to adopt and implement a separate Conflict of Interest Code.  Designated employees, board/commission/committee members and elected officials must file a Statement of Economic Interest Form with the City Clerk's Office. The designated filers and the types of economic interests that are required to be disclosed are listed in the the City of Lemon Grove's Conflict of Interest Code.

Conflict of Interest 
Campaign Financial Disclosure Statements

Online campaign financial disclosure statements cover 2018 only.  For previous years' statements, please contact the City Clerk's Office.

Agency Disclosures

FPPC Requirements

The Fair Political Practices Commission requires the Offices of the City Clerk that maintain a website to post a notification on that website related to Statement of Economic Interest Form 700 for 87200 filers.  These are full disclosure filers and are required to disclose certain financial interests. 

Additionally, candidates for elected positions are required to file a Candidate Statement. Candidates must file a Statement of Economic Interest Form 700 no later than the final filing date for the declaration of candidacy or nomination documents. Once filed, the form is a public document and must be made available to the public upon request.

The following are positions the FPPC has determined are to be 87200 filers:

Elected Officials

Mayor Rachel Vasquez
Mayor Pro Tem Jerry Jones
Council Member David Arambula
Council Member Matt Mendoza
Council Member Jennifer Mendoza

Planning Commissioners

Chair Robert Bailey
Vice-Chair Stephen Brown
Commissioner Liana LeBaron
Commissioner Jessica Relucio
Commissioner Seth Smith

Other Designated Positions

City Manager Lydia Romero
City Attorney James Lough
Finance Director Molly Brennan

Copies of Statements of Economic Interest forms are available on line or in the Lemon Grove's City Clerk's Office at:
City Hall
City Clerk's Office
3232 Main Street
Lemon Grove, CA 91945

The information above is posted pursuant to Government Code Section 87505 (added by AB 1509 chaptered on September 24, 2012). For more information, please contact the City Clerk's Office at (619) 825-3841 or schapel@lemongrove.ca.gov

The City Clerk, as Filing Officer, administers the Conflict of Interest Code at the local level and notifies each designated employee, board and committee member of their filing obligation. Officials designated in the Conflict of Interest Code are required to file an Assuming Office Statement when they assume a designated position, an Annual Statement each year, and a Leaving Office Statement within 30 days of resignation or termination. Additionally, candidates for elected positions are required to file a Candidate Statement.

Each type of statement has a specified reporting period. Filers must sign the Form 700 under penalty of perjury. Once filed, the form is a public document and must be made available to the public upon request.

Economic Interest

The Mayor, members of the City Council, City Manager, City Treasurer (or Finance Manager if no Treasurer), and City Attorney are identified in Government Code Section 87200 and file Statements of Economic Interest with the City Clerk's Office. The 87200 Filers are full disclosure filers, and are required to disclose financial interests in the following:

  • Investments and sources of income
  • Interest in real property
  • Investments in business entities and sources of income that engage in land development, construction or the acquisition or sales of real property
  • Investment in business entities and sources of income of the type which, within the past 2 years, have contracted with the City of Lemon Grove to provide services, supplies, materials, machinery or equipment
  • Investments in business entities and sources of income of the type which, within the past 2 years, have contracted with your department to provide services, supplies, materials, machinery or equipment
  • Business positions

Obtaining Copies

Copies of the Statements of Economic Interest filed by these selected officers may be obtained by visiting the offices of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) or the City Clerk. The physical address of the FPPC is:

  • 1102 Q Street, Suite 3000
    Sacramento, CA 95811
The physical address of the Lemon Grove's City Clerk's Office is:
  • 3232 Main Street
    Lemon Grove, CA91945

The Statements of Economic Interest for some state and local government agency elected officials may be available in electronic format online. Due to privacy concerns the Form 700's posted on the FPPC's website have the address, telephone and signature blocks redacted as set forth in 2 CCR 18313.6.