BY LAURIE LUCAS
STAFF WRITER
llucas@pe.com

Published: 15 March 2012 04:04 PM

A state commission has fined a member of the Canyon Lake City Council $6,000 for failing to disqualify himself from three governmental decisions in 2008 and 2009 relating to a proposed halt on hillside development in which he had a financial interest.

The California Fair Political practices Commission in Sacramento penalized Jordan Ehrenkranz, who is now mayor, for violating the Political Reform Act.

At the time, Ehrenkranz, a council member, voted against decisions that would prevent two business partners to whom he loaned money from building on the city’s last piece of viable commercial property, according to court documents.

The owners of Sky Blue Investments., Inc., a real estate investment firm, wanted to build an 85,000-square-foot commercial shopping center and a 16-home residential development on a 35-acre parcel known as Goetz Hill — more commonly called Goat Hill.

Sky Blue’s property was within 500 feet of the ridgelines which were at the center of the hillside preservation ordinances considered in 2008 and 2009 by the Canyon Lake City Council. The city eventually passed a rule in 2009 to restrict hillside development, which killed Sky Blue’s proposed project.

Reached at his Canyon Lake home Thursday, Ehrenkranz, 78, said: “I voted wrong, supposedly. I maintain my innocence because at the time I wasn’t aware I was doing anything wrong.

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