In June 2012, the commission began investigating allegations that Penman violated the Political Reform Act by accepting a gift with a value above the legal limit and failed to disclose that gift, according to the letter.
Penman, whose office received the letter Monday afternoon, said investigators told him they were looking into whether he was given $5,000 to pay attorney's fees related to his court challenge of pro-Measure C ballot arguments.
The complaint to the FPPC alleged that the money was a bribe for not signing off on the construction of the Regal movie theater downtown, Penman said.
Penman opposed Measure C, which would have made the city attorney, city treasurer and city clerk appointed rather than elected positions.
The state inquiry was the second investigation into these allegations. District Attorney Michael A. Ramos investigated the same evidence and concluded in August 2011 that there was no credible evidence that Penman violated the law.
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