College trustee Gary Mendez fined by state ethics agency
This story has been updated with a comment from Gary Mendez.
WHITTIER — Rio Hondo College trustee Gary Mendez has been fined $2,000 by the state’s watchdog agency for failing to properly file campaign statements ahead of his 2016 re-election campaign.
In announcing the fine, the Fair Political Practices Commission ruled that Mendez and his campaign “failed to timely file two pre-election campaign statements, and one semiannual campaign statement,” violating state government code.
“The paperwork was filed late, fine paid and settled,” Mendez said in an emailed statement. “Issue emanates years ago. It came from a campaign that never started and no money raised. No money raised and nothing to report. Zero dollars.”
It’s not Mendez’s first brush with controversy. In 2017, the FPPC sought to fine him $18,500 for campaign finance violations, and he was arrested in 2010 following an altercation at Maggie’s Pub in Santa Fe Springs.
Mendez is the most senior member of the Rio Hondo College District Board of Trustees, having been elected in 1999. He’s been re-elected four times since, with his seat up for re-election again this year.
He represents Trustee Area 4, covering South Whittier, Santa Fe Springs, Los Nietos and parts of Norwalk.