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Ethics panel wants stiffer penalty for CalPERS' Priya Mathur
Ethics panel wants stiffer penalty for CalPERS' Priya Mathur

The state's ethics panel is taking a get-tough stance toward a board member of the nation's biggest government pension fund, who has repeatedly failed to file legally required disclosure reports. In an unusual move, the Fair Political Practices Commission on Thursday declined to levy a proposed $1,000 fine, negotiated by its enforcement staff and pension official Priya Mathur. It is too low, said Jodi Remke, commission chairwoman. "To me, this almost looks like this was a first-time offender," Remke said. She suggested a $4,000 penalty for Mathur, who was cited for not submitting four semiannual campaign contribution reports. Other commissioners agreed with Remke,...

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