The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) issued a warning to “Yes on S” — the committee for SBCC’s $288 million facilities bond known as Measure S — for failing to disclose on some of its advertisements that the Santa Barbara City College Foundation was its largest contributor. The Foundation gave the committee $260,500 and “Yes on S” raised $338,345, according to the latest reports.
Advertisements for ballot measures must identify any contributor that gives $50,000 or more. “It’s not like we’re talking about crimes against humanity,” acknowledged Glen Mowrer, who heads “No on S.” But he maintained that committees still must play by the rules and noted that the regulations are clearly identified online.
Marsha Croninger, SBCC trustee and treasurer for “Yes on S,” said the committee learned of the requirements during discussions with the Fair Political Practices Commission. “We immediately worked cooperatively with the FPPC to correct this oversight, which their letter reflects, and they have closed the matter. We are proud of the support we have received from the foundation,” Croninger said.
“No on S,” which is made up of about eight members, has raised $3,442, according to Mowrer. If Measure S passes, the bond monies will renovate and replace about a dozen campus buildings, including structures on the school’s two satellite campuses.