The Rancho Adobe Fire Protection District director has been fined $3,000 by the Fair Political Practices Commission for using his position to oppose a plan to redesign a street in downtown Cotati, where he also owns a business, the Press Democrat is reporting.
Harold Griffith opposed the Village Main Street Plan, which sought to narrow Old Redwood Highway and install two traffic roundabouts, and attended a community meeting where he said the project would slow down emergency responders.
But he also mentioned that the plan would shut down his real estate business, located on Old Redwood Highway, according to the article.
Eventually, the fire district would go on to oppose the project, which many perceived as being strongly influenced by Griffith, then president of the fire district’s board.
An anonymous complaint was filed and the FPPC got involved, eventually ruling that Griffith used his official position to influence the outcome of the project.
Reached for comment, Griffith said he didn’t agree with the fine.
“I just want to forget about the whole thing,” he told the Press Democrat.
It’s not yet clear whether the fire district will pay for the FPPC fine.
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