Councilwoman Suzie Price.

California’s Fair Political Practices Commission has cleared 3rd District Councilwoman Suzie Price of allegations that she improperly used taxpayer funds to campaign for Long Beach’s Measure M ballot initiative.

The FPPC launched an investigation in response to a complaint by Measure M opponents in June. Among the allegations, the complaint said the city used taxpayer resources to send out mailers that were in fact campaign pieces for Measure M.

The agency in a July 24 letter said there was insufficient evidence to investigate Mayor Robert Garcia, Vice Mayor Rex Richardson and Councilman Dee Andrews, but it continued to investigate Price.

In an Aug. 28 letter, the FPPC said it determined that Price, an Orange County prosecutor, did not use public funds when she sent a May 30 email promoting Measure M.

“After conducting our investigation and review of the case, we are closing this matter because there is insufficient evidence to support a finding that there was a violation,” the agency said.

Measure M, passed by voters in June, is a charter amendment that allows the city to transfer up to 12 percent of annual revenue from water, sewer, and gas utilities to the general fund.