Thursday, June 03, 2004
FPPC to fine former Planning Commissioner Carlile $24,000
His stipulation acknowledges conflicts associated with his actions in connection with the Santa Rosa Golf Center, on Highway 12; Cobblestone Homes' Prospect Annex Apartment project, in Rincon Valley; a parcel map for Victor Trione's White Oak Drive property, near Oakmont; and Robert "Buzz" Pauley's The Rises project Downtown.
He also acknowledges failure to disclose owning stock in Sonoma National Bank; the proceeds of the sale of his previous office building at 565 West College Avenue; and income to Carlile-Macy from a variety of individual clients for several consecutive years.
The FPPC is expected to adopt an exhibit with this Conclusion:
"Conflict of interest violations are among the most serious violations of the Act, and historically carry a high penalty. Respondent's violations are aggravated by the fact that they are part of an on-going pattern of conflict of interest violations.
SEI non-disclosure violations are also serious violations of the Act. In Respondent's case, as a principal of a major civil engineering firm in the City of Santa Rosa, the non-disclosure of substantial economic interest, occurring over a period of four years, was especially serious because of the potential for numerous conflicts."
Civil engineer Carlile is president of Carlile-Macy, and currently owns 26% of the company. Carlile-Macy is the fifth largest civil engineering firm in the North Bay area, according to the North Bay Business Journal, with $5.2 million in 2003 revenues. Christopherson Homes (Skyhawk) and the City of Santa Rosa are among its major clients. Its offices are at 15 Third Street in Railroad Square.
Carlile was a member and Chairman of the Planning Commission for two terms 1997--2002, and was a Design Review Board member 1977--92. He resigned in December 2002 following a joint "Study Session" between the PC and DRB, at which he and Carlile-Macy partner Curt Nichols of the DRB reportedly received testimony from a C-M employee.
Carlile's wife Lynne has been a member and chair of the Board of Community Services. His partner Jack Macy was also on the DRB. Nichols is currently a DRB member.
Carlile's $24,000 fine compares to the $18,000 the FPPC assessed Supervisor Tim Smith for campaign finance violations a few years ago. The FPPC fined current Mayor Sharon Wright $14,500, and current Councilmember Janet Condron $3,000 in 1998. Both stipulated to conflict of interest violations, in connection with their employment by the Chamber of Commerce; and Wright also admitted failing to fully disclose her private financial interests.