A state watchdog agency is investigating whether three members of the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors violated the law when they cast votes supporting farmland mitigation last year.
The Fair Political Practices Commission is reviewing votes by Supervisors Jim DeMartini, Jeff Grover and Tom Mayfield, FPPC spokesman Roman Porter confirmed today.
Each of the supervisors owns farmland.
"Just because I’m a farmer, I can’t vote? That’s ridiculous," Mayfield said, adding that he had not heard about the investigation until The Bee called.
"We’re just trying to save a certain amount of farmland. I’m not trying to raise the price," he said.
The Central California Building Industry Association, which filed the complaint that prompted the investigation, contends the supervisors’ property constitutes a financial interest that should have precluded them from voting on ag mitigation in December.
Porter said the FPPC does not have a time line for the investigation, but he said that any enforcement actions that result from the complaint would be aired at public meetings. Violating the Political Reform Act could lead to fines of as much as $5,000.