Board members received gifts in violation of their own policies

We presented this document Conflict of Interest Gifts CHSRA to the California High Speed Rail Authority board this morning (November 4, 2010).

The CHSRA forbids any gifts to contractors – current and potential. Unfortunately, certain members of the board never “got the memo”, as evidenced by the fact that they received gifts and reported them on their Form 700s.  Form 700s are where state employees, officials and consultants report any income, investments and gifts that might pose a conflict.

Board member Lynn Schenk asked the CHSRA Van Ark to get together with the state agency that deals with ethics (the Fair Political Practices Commission ) and figure this out.