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jl0910_Michael_Allen.jpgAssemblyman Michael Allen will be fined $3,000 for violating state conflict-of-interest law while serving as a Santa Rosa planning commissioner, according to an agreement reached between Allen and the state's political watchdog agency.

The Fair Political Practices Commission is scheduled to act Feb. 10 on its agreement with the Santa Rosa Democrat.

The violations occurred in August 2009 when Allen, district director for former Sen. Pat Wiggins, D-Santa Rosa, voted as a city planning commissioner to adopt two resolutions supporting rezoning of Sonoma County Water Agency property on West College Avenue in Santa Rosa, according to the FPPC.

Allen had served as a paid consultant for the Sonoma water agency to study the feasibility of converting buildings on its 7.4-acre West College property into housing, to conduct outreach efforts, and to work with the city of Santa Rosa in targeting the property for rezoning, the FPPC said.

Allen's votes "directly advanced the goal of" getting the West College property rezoned, according to the FPPC.

Allen was elected to the Assembly last November, more than a year after the incident.

PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Allen, Sept. 10, 2008. The Press Democrat file photo / Jeff Kan Lee



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