Los Altos Mayor Jan Pepper does not have a conflict of interest if she votes on a natural gas ban in new homes – dubbed a “reach code” – the California Fair Political Practices Commission determined last week.
Pepper is also the CEO of Peninsula Clean Energy, a nonprofit electricity provider that serves San Mateo County. Los Altos City Attorney Jolie Houston submitted a request for advice to the CFPPC on Pepper’s behalf regarding a potential conflict of interest.
The commission’s response, dated June 25, said that because it was not “reasonably foreseeable” that the regulation would impact Pepper’s personal finances and her company isn’t operating within Los Altos or Santa Clara County, the mayor “does not have a financial interest in the proposed reach code.”
Pepper has stated that “there will be no financial gain or loss to her if the City adopts or does not adopt a reach code,” according to the letter.
The city council supported the ban during a preliminary discussion in November, directing the Energy Commission to redraft legislation for a vote.