Just who is James Acevedo?
They weren't built.
In fact, not one payment has been made to the city regarding the loan.
That's 40 more police officers for the San Fernando Valley.
Over 133 bousing units for the San Fernando Valley.
James Acevedo sits on the Harbor commission where he is being investigated by the grand jury for possible pay to play allegations, but this isn't the first time James Acevedo has been in the limelight.
Coming from the hospital industry James's first contact in the political arena was as an aide to then assemblyman Richard Katz, Katz would send James to work on campaigns in Gardena and in the northeast San Fernando Valley. James orchestrated Enardi Bernardi's reelection before his last term, so James can get a latino elected after Bernardi. That latino turned out to be Richard Alarcon. With Richard in office James moved quickly to getting his candidates elected, first Tony Cardenas for state assembly and then sweeping every candidate into the council of the city of San Fernando.
But then something happened.
In 1999 Richard Alarcon broke away from James and his machine to endorse another candidate for council after his election into the state senate. James's boy was Alex Padilla.
Alex's gets elected and all is looking good for James, except he gets caught with his pants down in the City of San Fernando where then councilwoman Cindy Montanez gets her slate elected over James.
It doesn't end there though, later in 2000 Alex with prodding from James tries to push forward the largest CRA project in Los Angeles history. James was to make a mighty dollar indeed, with virtual control of 7th council district, all contractors working within the zone would have to kiss Jame's ring, but the community was having none of it.
In what turned out to be a major defeat for James and Alex the CRA project was pulled. James was not a pleased man, but there was a mayoral race coming up, he needed to lick his wounds and get back up on the pony.
James knew the only way to get what he wanted within the CRA was with the help of the City Attorney, you see every CRA PAC has a rep from the City Attorney's office, without the City Attorney's help you can't do much of anything in this city. So birds of a feather flock together in this case.
James puts his mighty machine behind James Hahn. From the valley operation to the westside operation all of the operatives working in those offices were James Acevedo employees. James ran the field program, and because of the victory, Hahn was quick to give James a coveted appointment on the Harbor Commission.
Sadly, it doesn't end there, with video cameras surrounding his house in Sylmar, James flees to the hills of Sherman Oaks. But the world around James continues to crash.
His backed candidate for CD Tony Cardenas gets beat by Wendy Greuel.
His backed candidate for state assembly Yolando Fuentes gets beat by Cindy Montanez.
FBI investigations, grand jury probes and now the unleashed information about the bilking of city money into his pocket.
James and James -- two guys that love corruption and power.