Monica Garcia Contributor Association with Corrupt Building and Safety inspector Samuel In
|08/31/12||Gustavo Valdivia |
(Owner, Grande Vista Associates)
Porter Ranch, CA 91326
|MONICA GARCIA |
LAUSD - District 2
1346436 - MONICA GARCIA FOR SCHOOL BOARD 2013
|A - Monetary Contribution Received|
(IND - Individual)
[Period: 07/01/12 to 09/30/12]
About the same time, Taracena began awarding larger contracts not only to family companies but to the three politically connected firms on the Eastside, each of which received payments of just less than $100,000.Representatives of two of the firms -- the Estrada Courts Residents Management Corp. and Grande Vista Associates -- denied any knowledge of rigged competitions. "I'm just happy that I got a contract," said Gustavo Valdivia, head of Grande Vista.
Third, when a dubious Building and Safety Inspector is force into retirement, who is there to offer job and support?
A year later, In was listed in state records as chief executive officer of Grande Vista Associates, a consulting firm that had previously been linked to a scandal at the city's Housing Authority. A Times investigation in 2007 found that Victor Taracena, a construction manager for the authority, steered contracts to politically connected firms, including Grande Vista, without competitive bidding or after rigged contests.One bidder told The Times that he tapped Gustavo Valdivia, a former aide to Councilman Jose Huizar who was Grande Vista's lead consultant, to help him compete for the work — and found out that Grande Vista had secretly submitted its own lower bid. The housing authority paid Grande Vista nearly $99,000 to prepare schematic drawings of restrooms, parking stalls and ramps and other areas.In said he received no income from Grande Vista and got involved with the firm as a volunteer only to learn more about public outreach, one of the services the firm provides. In also said Valdivia asked him to be an officer."I'm a very simple person. If I can help people, I will help. It's all a positive thing for me," he said.
...... and from today's LA Times, this positive story regarding In.
Samuel In, 65, agreed to plead guilty to a count of felony bribery stemming from a 2008 incident in which he accepted $5,000 in cash from a Koreatown businessman, according to documents filed in federal court.As part of his plea agreement, In admitted to accepting more than $30,000 worth of bribes involving at least a dozen properties that he handled in his official capacity between March 2007 and December 2010, said Assistant U.S. Atty. Joseph Akrotirianakis. All were in or around Koreatown.
Thus, we wrap up this bloggin teachable missive on the questionable ethics behind the supporters of the reigning Gorda at LAUSD. ** Oh BTW, what happen with the poor kids school lunch money?
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