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Alatorre's back as unofficial lobbyist [Did he ever leave? I thought he is Villariagosa's "brain" (consultant)/"affordable housing"/"non-profit" think-tank all along?]
The former councilman, who left under an ethical cloud, has returned as an unregistered advocate for companies seeking city business.
By David Zahniser and Ted Rohrlich, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
October 13, 2007
Six years after he left the public stage -- his reputation in tatters after admitting that he took cash from people trying to influence him -- he has returned as an advocate for companies seeking city business.
He (Alatorre) is an informal advisor to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. [See...that's just what I thought. Thanks!]
On behalf of various businesses and unions, he has called upon at least five City Council members and mayoral appointees at the Department of Water and Power, the Department of Recreation and Parks, the Planning Department, the Housing Department, the Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles World Airports and the Community Redevelopment Agency, according to interviews and records.
But unlike dozens of other political professionals who do such work, Alatorre is not registered as a lobbyist under the city's open government law. Registered lobbyists must reveal whom they work for and how much they are paid, or they risk jail or fines.
Yet, in many ways, Alatorre has been in plain sight, showing up at public meetings and walking the corridors at City Hall. Five council members -- Richard Alarcon, Jose Huizar, Bernard C. Parks, Jan Perry and Herb Wesson -- say Alatorre has spoken with them over the last 18 months on behalf of at least one of the following: (see full article/link below)
Association President Daniel Cobos said his union paid Alatorre $7,500 per quarter for about a year and a half to lobby the City Council and state government. "Because of his lobbying we did get the support of the City Council," Cobos said.
The Ethics Commission law in effect then defined a lobbyist as anyone who was paid more than $4,000 per quarter to communicate with an official on behalf of a client. The union's payments alone might have required Alatorre to register with the city.
[Then, esscuse me? Why isn't he registered as a lobbyist? Does Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's office care to comment?]
At some point in the last year, Alatorre also met with Ron Deaton, the DWP's current general manager, on behalf of NTI Group, a company selling a communications system, according to a DWP spokesperson.
Villaraigosa-appointed board members of the Community Redevelopment Agency, meanwhile, say Alatorre lobbied at least one of them in August on behalf of Amerland Group, a developer of affordable housing. The board subsequently voted to give Amerland access to $8 million in public grants and loans.
Federal authorities suspected Alatorre of extorting cash from the owner of a low-income apartment complex in Boyle Heights. The businessman, Samuel Mevorach, told the FBI he feared that if he did not pay up, Alatorre might have him cited for building code violations.
full article...much, much more.
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