Parks, Delgadillo handing over eminent domain property to private developer
The property formerly housed a thriving business in Councilman Parks' District, in the 5900 block of Western. The City's stated public good purpose for the property was to turn it into an Animal Shelter.
But that fell through soon after the grab, and now Bernie has no qualms at all about turning around and selling it to a developer. And the guy who will really look like a mess on this one (unless he backs off) is Rocky Delgadillo (again!). The Times' Patrick McGreevy takes it from there:
Francisco Pinedo, president of Cisco Bros., said Delgadillo is sympathetic to the proposal.
The firm and its executives have donated to the campaigns of several politicians whose support is essential to the deal.
Delgadillo, whose office must provide legal justification for the change in the project, has received $13,600 in contributions from two Cisco Bros. executives in the last five years, including a $5,600 check in June to his campaign for state attorney general.
The two executives contributed $1,000 to Parks' 2003 campaign for City Council, and gave $1,500, most of it last year, to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who would have to sign off on the deal.
The contributions came from Francisco Pinedo, the president, and Alba Pinedo, a co-owner of the firm.
That would be quite a flip if it occurs. At bottom, there seems no way in LA that Delgadillo can ethically justify taking $13K from a guy dependent on his clearing the road for acquisition of a property. And what stinks to hell here is the fact that Parks' office now wants to build the shelter a block away, on land the City already owns. Why didn't they plan it that way before?
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