Do Councilman Huizar's MTA Contributions and Votes merit Legal Review?
|Did Councilman Huizar "conga" his way around MTA contribution rules?|
Now as we enter the last month of a contentious re election battle in CD 14, Councilman Huizar's MTA contributions and their associated votes are causing some to speculate whether Huizar's MTA actions merit legal review. this would not be the first time that Councilman Huizar's past actions have been investigated (something here about the IRS?) and sanctioned. Thus, one would not be surprise to find out in the days ahead that Councilman Huizar would need to retain legal council.
More after the bloggin leap.
MTA rules state the following in regards to accepting contributions from those seeking contracts.
First, individuals and entities are prohibited from giving more than $10 to a MTA's board members campaign, when seeking contracts.
Second, MTA board members are prohibited from voting on contracts for individuals and entities who have donated to MTA moard members campaign committees withing four years of a vote. But as the evidence below will show, bouncilman Huizar has flouted the MTA's Conflict of Interest rules.
U.S. Tow: On May 27, 2009, U.S. Tow Inc. gave $500.00 to Councilman Huizar's "Office Holder Account". On June 25, 2009, less than one month after receiving U.S. Tow's contribution, Councilman Huizar voted to approve a modification of U.S. Tow's MTA contract by increasing it by $820,000.
American Moving Parts: Between 10/31/2005 and 6/30/07, David Seewack and Scott Spiwak gave five $500.000 contributions to Councilman Huizar's respective accounts for a total of $2,500.00. In addition, Councilman Huizar was the recipiant of donations from Seewack and Spiwak relatives/spouces. On March 25, 2010, Councilman Huizar helped approve a $100,200 contract paid to American Moving Parts.
Century Diversified: Between 2005 and 2010, Century Diversified Rodrigo Garcia has given $1,550 to Councilman Huizar. Meanwhile it includes these MTA projects on its "Portfolio page"(http://www.cdi-engr.com/potfolio.html)
Gateway Science & Engineering: Between 2005 and 2008, a total of $2,250 was donated to Councilman Huizar. The firm was listed a a sub-contractor on the Gold Line Eastside Extension.(http://boardarchive.metro.net/Net/Items/2010/07_20100722RBMItem25.pdf)
These are only some of Councilman Huizar's possible violations of MTA ethic rules, his most recent contributions have not been vetted, but as the documents we cite show, the CD 14 rep would be wise to review with consul whether there are future legal issues that merit further examination.
Scott Johnson in CD 14