Posted: 12/08/2011 11:17:29 AM PST
Updated: 12/08/2011 11:42:03 AM PST
Former Pinole Councilman David Cole was slapped with $111,500 in fines by a state ethics watchdog panel on Thursday for financial disclosure and conflict of interest violations connected to his work for a developer doing business with the city.
Cole was on the Pinole council from 2000 until he resigned in August 2007 and enlisted in the Army for a four-year tour of duty that included deployment in war zones. He re-enlisted earlier this year and is now a sergeant.
Between 2003 and 2006, Cole and his company, Pinole Valley Landscape, worked for The Kivelstadt Group, the developer partner in two shopping centers with the Pinole Redevelopment Agency, earning $253,000 during the period, according to the FPPC; the 23-count complaint accused Cole of voting with the council 16 times during that period on items related to TKG.
The other counts accused Cole of failing to disclose his interest in Pinole Valley landscape and his income from TKG for several years on his annual Statement of Economic Interests.
Submitted by Jim Alex