Palo Alto Weekly – by Palo Alto Weekly editorial board / March 17, 2017
State opens inquiries into Kniss and Tanaka campaign practices
State and federal campaign laws have long been rooted in the principle that the transparency of campaign contributions is the most effective way to discourage and expose special interests attempting to influence elections and public policy.
Palo Alto Weekly – by Gennady Sheyner / March 17, 2017
Citizens committee blasts City Council’s vote to remove programs from land-use guide
Palo Alto officials will revisit on Monday their controversial January decision to strip all programs from the city’s guiding land-use document, the Comprehensive Plan — a move that some characterized as a “formatting” change and others decried as a betrayal of public trust.
Palo Alto Weekly – by Gennady Sheyner / March 16, 2017
FPPC launches investigation into whether Palo Alto vice mayor improperly reported her contributions
Prompted by a citizen complaint, the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) has launched an investigation into the campaign of Palo Alto Vice Mayor Liz Kniss, whose re-election bid was boosted by a flurry of late contributions from developers and who did not disclose most of these contributions until well after the election.