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Not turning in paperwork is a costly lesson, as learned by a local elected official. Eric Payne, a trustee with the State Center Community College District Board is out $200 because he failed to pay a state registration fee in time.

The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) is the state agency in charge of carrying out the Political Reform Act. They handle complaints made against those running for office to make sure campaign laws are followed.

In Payne’s case, the FPPC investigators found that Payne’s committee failed to pay a $50 annual fee to the Secretary of State’s office violating Government Code Section 84101.5. His $200 ($150 fine and $50 payment) is expected to be approved at the board meeting next Thursday, December 15.

Payne tells GV Wire “It was an error in documentation that has been rectified and corrected.”

Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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