Former candidate fined by ethics board

SACRAMENTO - Carmen Avalos, a former candidate for state Assembly and the Cerritos College District Board, was fined $400 by the state's ethics commission for failing to report campaign contributions.The state's Fair Political Practices Commission levied two separate $200 fines against Avalos last week. According to the FPCC, Avalos failed to file a semiannual campaign state for the reporting period of Oct. 18, 2009 to Dec. 31, 2009 for either of her campaigns. Avalos was a candidate for the state's 50th Assembly District in 2010, which she lost to Ricardo Lara. Avalos, who works as the city clerk in South Gate, also campaigned for the Cerritos Community College District Board but lost in that election as well. She later joined a group of residents that sued the district board, alleging its use of an at-large election system diluted the voting strength of Latino voters.

********** Published: November 17, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 31