Walnut Creek City Manager Fined $200 for Not Reporting Dinner

November 16, 2013 16:00 pm · 22 comments

Walnut Creek City Manager Kenneth Nordhoff has been fined $200 by the California Fair Political Practices Commission for not reporting the gift of a meal, which was valued at $127.16.

Nordhoff, who was serving as City Manager for the City of San Rafael at the time of the gift in 2010, failed to disclose the gift on his Statement of Economic Interests, according to the Commission.

The gift was from E.J. De La Rosa & Co., Inc., the commission said.

Claire November 16, 2013 at 4:31 PM

The fine is higher than the meal. That will teach him.

anonanonagain November 16, 2013 at 5:12 PM

I am sure that there are many unreported gifts from city staff members and local politicians that the public will never be aware of…..

Dorothy November 16, 2013 at 5:42 PM

One hopes it will teach them both.

sadie berkhimer November 16, 2013 at 5:52 PM

It seems that Mr. Nordoff is now establishing a pattern of flaunting the law.

Wolfpack Mom November 16, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Seems pretty ridiculous to me. Someone was paid to discover a simple oversight?

Triple Canopy November 16, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Yeah. I’m sure Mr. Nordhoff is running for the hills.

Bob H. November 16, 2013 at 8:54 PM

What a joke. CFPPC obviously does not have a job description !!

beemerlover26 November 16, 2013 at 9:50 PM

The City of Walnut Creek staff is ALL corrupt! Did the Lesher incident not teach us anything?
Fire them all!

Claycordite November 16, 2013 at 10:13 PM

What’s the purpose? To make an example of him for what?

Claycordite November 16, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Seems like scare tactics to me.

Subterfuge November 16, 2013 at 10:49 PM


☆♧Steph November 17, 2013 at 2:48 AM

Seems petty. So the person who got paid to investigate was worth more taxpayers money? But hey it’s the principle.

Miso Hahnee November 17, 2013 at 7:25 AM


That’s working at government speed!!!

Cal November 17, 2013 at 8:14 AM


“De La Rosa & Co. stands almost alone in our singular focus on California municipal bonds.”

La masa November 17, 2013 at 2:16 PM

I hope someone is watching the City of Concords spending like the turkey bowl last week?

Julio November 17, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Some of you need to pay a lot closer attention to what goes on politically around you. The big problem is it took too long. But I’m sure they will tell us they are “short staffed”. That is another way of saying inept.

A feasible oversight November 17, 2013 at 5:21 PM

I can see how a single dinner may have been missed on his reportings. It is nothing like the $70,000 fine the former City Manager of Hercules just got for his shenanigans with not reporting all kinds of “gifts” from his family affiliated companies that he gave hercules city projects too. Now that man is shady!!!!

Ken's Friend November 17, 2013 at 5:26 PM

It’s too bad the general public doesn’t know how much Ken Nordhoff and others of his position have to pay out of their own pocket to attend charity dinners, fundraisers, and concerts, as City Managers are expected to attend, as it would be wrong for them to attend with a complimentary ticket. You folks ought to crawl out of your holes and get to know these community leaders personally. Volunteer with them on Thanksgiving – you’ll find they are incredible people who really care about their cities.

jets November 17, 2013 at 6:06 PM

he should be fired

Julio November 17, 2013 at 6:22 PM

City Managers are expected to attend some things but they also have a good sized expense account.

“Oversight”, Olivia was more than just “shady”. He should be in jail. Read all the things he has to pay back and other provisions and he will be flat busted or in jail. $5,000 a month for 10 years isn’t stiff enough actually. Hope he never gets another job or his children!

at ken's friend November 18, 2013 at 4:16 PM


GoKim November 18, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Thank you, Ken’s Friend. Ken is an amazing man. City Managers have to pay a lot out of pocket and do NOT have sizable expense accounts. Plus this happened several years ago and was probably a simple oversight. Do you have any idea how many events nights, days and weekends they have to attend? It’s ridiculous to have to juggle so much. Walk a mile, people. Walk a mile.

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