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The Seville Group Inc., which is one of two companies jointly managing the bond program for Sweetwater Union High School District, is facing a proposed $44,500 fine from the Fair Political Practices Commission for failing to file campaign statements and contribution reports on time.

The late reports include several contributions to campaigns for Sweetwater school board members, including Jim Cartmill, Pearl Quinones and Greg Sandoval, and for the bond, Proposition O., itself. Overall, Seville Group faces 19 counts for late filings over the past five years, some of which happened more than three years after the legal deadline.

The FPPC website does, however, state that Seville Group did take steps to remedy the problems, including hiring a professional group to prepare campaign statements, and reporting its own violations to the FPPC. The commission will decide whether to approve the fine at a meeting next Thursday.

Seville was chosen to manage the Sweetwater bond program two years ago in a process that proved controversial with some members of the last bond oversight committee. Read more about that issue here.

EMILY ALPERT

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