L.A. official steered work to relatives Nearly $800,000 in contracts, often with inflated prices, went to family and firms with political ties
From LA Times:
* These firms — all with ties to current or former Los Angeles City Council members from the Eastside — won their contracts in bidding processes fraught with irregularities. In one case, a losing bid was submitted by a nonexistent company. Other such bids came from actual companies which, when contacted by The Times, said they were surprised to learn that bids had been submitted in their names.
* The bid-rigging comes at a time when the housing authority is grappling with the consequences of a series of mismanagement and corruption scandals...
* The Estrada Courts group, a nonprofit run out of an Eastside housing project, received four contracts collectively worth about $95,000. It already had government contracts to provide security guards and day-care programs at some projects.
FULL STORY ON LATIMES.COM
And speaking of Garcetti (see Mayor Sam thread above): ZD STRATEGIC REVIEW OF GARCETTI'S COMMENTS REGARDING NOT ENOUGH PEOPLE USING PUBLIC COMMENT TO TALK ABOUT GOOD THINGS. (Sorry Eric, they're too busy telling you how you are destroying their lives with your "yes" votes.) ZD Strategic Review For Eric Garcetti to help him be a more effective communicator in his leadership position as gentrifying coffer targeter.