Attorney Eddie Olivo billing the City of Commerce $47,000 a month


Hews Media Group-Community News has obtained records that show current Commerce City Attorney Eddie Olivo has billed the City of Commerce nearly $2 million since 2011, averaging well over $47,000 per month in 2014 alone. Documents were obtained via the Freedom of Information Act through public records request on the City of Commerce. Olivo’s actual […]

Corruption convictions against Lynwood councilmen upheld by appeals court


A state appellate court panel on Monday upheld the convictions of two former Lynwood councilmen for misappropriating public funds. The three-justice panel from California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal rejected the defense’s argument that the prosecution relied on invalid legal theories and that the trial court misinstructed jurors in the case of Louis Byrd and Fernando […]

Menifee City Councilman Arrested in Corruption Probe


Menifee City Councilman Thomas Fuhrman was arrested at a city park on Wednesday by DA’s investigators and faces charges in connection with conflicts of interest involving a business he owns, prosecutors said. Fuhrman, 70, was arrested at Wheatfield Park in Menifee, said Riverside County District Attorney spokesman John Hall. Read full story at:

Baldwin Park council, ex-employees claim pattern of wide-spread corruption


BALDWIN PARK – The city’s former chief executive and a former human resource manager allege city officials engaged and took part in bid-rigging, over payments, use of city credit cards for personal business, hiring friends for non-existent jobs and granting contracts to campaign contributors, according to documents obtained by this news organization. Read full story […]

Pasadena $6.4-million embezzlement scandal


An angry crowd of residents confronted Pasadena officials at a special meeting Monday, the City Council’s first public response to a corruption scandal revealed last week.  The L.A. County district attorney’s office has charged a city employee and two others in an alleged embezzlement scheme that involved more than $6 million in public funds. Read the […]

Did City of Industry pay for unused trucks


Week after week, street maintenance crews crisscrossed the City of Industry with a fleet of sweepers, pickup trucks, dump trucks, utility trucks, a boom truck, a water truck and two tractors. That’s what the city paid for, anyway, under its decades-long contract with Zerep Management Corp., a company owned by former Mayor David Perez and […]

State to launch audit of BEAUMONT Ca financial practices


The state investigation is to “resolve significant differences between the city’s financial transaction reporting to the Controller’s Office and its audited financial statements,” according to a statement from Yee’s office released Tuesday, May 19. “These substantial discrepancies call for a close analysis by our auditing team,” Yee said in the release. “Beaumont residents and businesses […]

Politician calls out one city’s incestuous greed and corruption


INDUSTRY >> Los Angeles County Supervisors will vote Tuesday on if they are in agreement that a grand jury should investigate the contracts between the city of Industry and its former mayor, David Perez. “The City of Industry revelationsrequire a Grand Jury investigation into the incestuous greed, corruption and back-room deals — and indictments of […]

Ex-Moreno Valley councilman caught in $2 million sting


RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A former Moreno Valley city councilman was sentenced to five years in federal prison on Monday for accepting more than $2 million bribes during a sting operation but no charges will be filed in an unrelated corruption investigation involving the entire council, it was reported. Marcelo Co, 64, was sentenced after […]

Councilman Jeffrey Giba targeted for recall


Barely six months after his election, Moreno Valley City Councilman Jeffrey Giba is the target of a recall effort by residents questioning his ties to an influential developer. Giba was served with a recall notice by a group of District 2 residents at the Tuesday night council meeting. The notice cites the $254,723 spent by […]