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#1 May 10, 2011
Public officials vs. you and me
By Jennifer McLain on October 6, 2008 10:32 AM | Permalink | Comments (10)| ShareThis
Leftovers Column: City's image takes a beating
By Jennifer McLain and Tania Chatila, Staff Writers
Article Launched: 10/05/2008 11:04:48 PM PDT
It's been a rough few months for the city of Baldwin Park's image.
Residents still are concerned about school board member Sergio Corona's arrest in May on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs and being under the influence of a controlled substance.
He currently is facing misdemeanor charges of vandalism, resisting an officer and driving without a license in connection with the arrest.
Then last month, Baldwin Park Councilman Anthony Bejarano was booked on suspicion of public intoxication.
The Los Angeles District Attorney's office said last week week it would not be filing charges against Bejarano, who said he was not drunk the night of his arrest.
Still, the incident has stirred unrest in the community and has brought to light a question that often goes unanswered in the political realm - just how high should the ethical and moral bar be set for our public officials?
#3 May 10, 2011
San Gabriel Tribune article Thursday January 10, 2008. LOCAL NEWS IRWINDALE RECALL EFFERT FIZZLES.
Irwindale a recall effort targeting two council members quietly ended this week. It's dead Greigo said Tuesday They had the deadline to submit signatures , and that didnt occur. A complaint to the District Attorney office regarding recall organizer Rosemary Gutirrez could be the reason behind the failed effort. Gutierrez did not return phone calls seeking comment. Baldwin Park's deputy city clerk Rosemary Gutirrez started the push for the recall. Duarte resident Jim Hunley submitted a complaint to the district Attorney's office asking for an inquiry into the the use of the Baldwin Park e mail address by Gutirrez.
#4 May 10, 2011
By Thomas Himes, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/03/2010 12:58:21 PM PDT
The county will prosecute bribery charges against a Baldwin Park code enforcement officer after prosecutors finish sorting out the scandal in Bell, the county prosecutor in charge of public corruption cases said Friday.
An investigation into Bell's public finances has kept prosecutors in the District Attorney's Public Integrity Division busy, said Dave Demerjian, the division's head deputy.
Demerjian said prosecutors are devoting "a tremendous amount of effort" to Bell.
In the meantime, Baldwin Park Code Enforcement Officer George Rodriguez remains free on bail, according to sheriff's booking records.
Rodriguez allegedly took bribes from a massage parlor in exchange for information on police raids, police said.
Attempts to locate a telephone number for Rodriguez were not successful.
A July 12 police sting operation at the Green Spa Massage Parlor led police to arrest Rodriguez on suspicion of taking bribes and obstruction of justice, police said.
Baldwin Park police turned the case over to prosecutors July 23, Baldwin Park police said.
Rodriguez, 30, was a 10-year city veteran and was the city's senior code enforcement officer, said his supervisor, Marc Castagnola, the city's community development manager.
Officials placed Rodriguez on paid administrative leave after his arrest, officials said.
Police said they believe Rodriguez took bribes for about a year before he was arrested.
The alleged scheme was reported to
police by an employee of the Green Spa Massage Parlor, police said.
Green Spa is one of two massage parlors in the city. It is located at 13020 Francisquito Ave.
The city's other massage parlor has not been implicated in the alleged bribery, police said.
During a police raid on Green Spa, a worker told officers they paid Rodriguez money in exchange for information about police raids, police said.
A few weeks later, police officers set up a sting operation and arrested Rodriguez, police said.
The city's code enforcement office has not received any complaints about the parlors, or issued either of the establishments citations this year, Castagnola said.
Rodriguez remains free on $25,000 bail, according to sheriff's booking records.
#6 May 10, 2011
Review sought in arrest of Baldwin Park councilman
Bejarano claims being targeted for opposing police salary hikes
By Jennifer McLain, Staff Writer
Article Launched: 09/22/2008 11:23:57 PM PDT
BALDWIN PARK - Councilman Anthony Bejarano's arrest Friday on suspicion of public intoxication has him and another city leader questioning the integrity of the Police Department.
Councilman Ricardo Pacheco alleged a possible cover-up in the release of Bejarano, who was arrested - but not cited or charged - on Friday for allegedly being drunk in public.
Bejarano, however, believes he was unfairly targeted because of his opposition to salary increases requested by the Police Officers Association.
Chief Lili Hadsell said both accusations are unfounded and believes the arrest has been "blown out of proportion."
"I don't believe that he was unfairly targeted. He was not given special treatment," Hadsell said. "It was a drunk-in-public arrest. We need to just let it go and finish the investigative part of it."
Those arrested for being drunk in public are commonly released without a citation or charges filed, Hadsell said.
City and police officials are now awaiting the police report before deciding how to proceed. Hadsell said she did not expect the report to be released until next week because she was going out of town for a work-related conference.
Chief Executive Officer Vijay Singhal said he is still trying to figure out all the details.
"We have different versions coming from different people," Singhal said. "We need to follow the process, and unless it is completed, no one can say for sure what happened."
Bejarano was booked on suspicion of public intoxication shortly after 10 p.m. on Ramona Boulevard near La Rica Avenue.
The incident began when an officer stopped to investigate a white, four-door sedan stopped in the middle of Ramona Boulevard with two pedestrians standing nearby. One of those pedestrians was Bejarano.
The driver, 31-year-old Collin Spencer of Monrovia, allegedly moved the car a short distance in the presence of the officer and was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.
Bejarano and 32-year-old Jose Diaz of Monrovia were arrested on suspicion of public intoxication as they appeared drunk and were standing in the middle of a major roadway.
Bejarano, an attorney, said he was handcuffed after he told Spencer he had constitutional rights and didn't have to answer the officers' questions.
"I was immediately arrested after that statement," Bejarano said.
Bejarano said he had been drinking earlier in the night Friday but was not intoxicated when he was arrested.
On Monday, Bejarano said he believes there is already an investigation into the handling of the incident.
"At worse, it was a case of some kind of political retaliation," Bejarano said. "At best, it was a misunderstanding."
Pacheco said he plans on discussing the item in public once he gets a copy of the police report.
He also said he believes charges should be brought against Bejarano.
"I still need the facts, but if these allegations are true, and if the chief doesn't want to take action, there are other measures of the law," Pacheco said. "Like going to the District Attorney's office."
#7 May 10, 2011
Irwindale officials spent lavishly during business trips to discuss housing for the poor
(0)(49)(1)October 27, 2010 | 10:10 am The Irwindale officials charged Wednesday with misappropriating public funds took lavish business trips to New York City, including meals at five-star restaurants, evenings at Broadway shows, chauffeured rides and nights at the Ritz-Carlton hotel, according to records obtained by The Times.
The spending came as leaders in Irwindale spent $87 million in affordable housing funds over eight years, but only built 42 homes. Two trips to New York were for the purpose of discussing bonds for housing for the poor in the San Gabriel Valley city of about 1,500 people.
Councilman Mark Breceda, retired City Manager Steve Blancarte and finance director Abe De Dios are charged with five felony counts of misappropriating public funds. Former Councilwoman Rosemary Ramirez and BALDWIN PARK EMPLOYEE faces one count.
One trip in 2003 had fewer than eight hours of scheduled meetings on the itinerary, but city officials spent six nights at the Ritz-Carlton, according to expense reports and itineraries.
During that trip to discuss ratings for the bonds, city officials arrived on Saturday and checked into the Ritz-Carlton. Sunday's agenda featured no business meetings but did include brunch at the River Café, where the current prix fixe menu for omelets or poached eggs is $55.
The afternoon schedule included a matinee of "Jackie Mason Laughing Room Only" followed by dinner at Atelier, a restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton.
On Monday, officials met for a few hours with bankers but also ate lunch at Bouley Bakery and dinner at Peter Luger Steakhouse. The next day, they met again with bankers at 10 a.m., but were done in time for lunch at ritzy Le Bernardin. Their afternoon was left free, with plenty of time before the curtain rose for "Phantom of the Opera."
Wednesday was similar, with a short meeting in the morning, followed by lunch at the exclusive sushi restaurant Nobu and a late afternoon hockey game.
Total cost to Irwindale taxpayers:$37,852.
#8 May 11, 2011
Hey does this story sound familiar to what is happening now? The police set Hunley up,they try to get Tuttle for commenting on stolen cell phones he purchased from royal coaches broker to sell off the goods quickly,then we have code enforcement not doing their jobs and the leader George Rodriguez is out trying to take bribes to make a buck[Lozano's buddy], then Bejarano's dad gets busted for turning in the school district yard boys for stealing scrap money and he is the one busted for sexual harassment and taking slush money for campaign funds. We all know this was a Jack White deal because the people who testified in the case admitted to stealing the scrap and on school time taking it to the scrap yard but no one was convicted except Bejarano's dad for exposing a Jack White head of school board scam. The city is dirty and the police use their powers to keep politicians in line. The police are now on a slow down to show Vijay he better pass their contracts or gangs will keep getting worse, and then Pacheco gets censored by the council because cry baby police chief says he hurt her feelings calling her incompetent and she should resign with no evidence other than she said it happened. This corrupt city crap is coming to a head very quickly. MORE TO COME
#9 May 11, 2011
this is all ols bs news. all you ever blog are old news reports. why dont you talk about fixing this thing. just a dirty old man. who owns a junk yard. go kiss the other old mans ass. we have moved on have you.
#10 May 11, 2011
I guess your just stupid but once again the only fix is clean house that is council, city manager, and police chief all need to go please no more stupid questions we have answered your stupid requests marlen and Monica several times. Please go walk your dog marlen.
#11 May 11, 2011
The crooks have moved on I don't think so they are still in office and just don't want to hear about all the things they cover up.
#12 May 11, 2011
Old news, I think not. Unless you are brain dead you would know that Rosemary has been arraigned and is awaiting trial.
My point is what a mess the city of Baldwin Park is because of Piss Poor management and Piss Poor council decisions.
And if you dont think so then you must be a Piss Poor city employee or Piss Poor city official.
Baldwin Park needs new leadership
#13 May 11, 2011
Well it is coming this election new people need to be voted in out with these idiots who hate their own race. They take free meals and 1200.00 dollars a month alone in perks plus city pay and retirement paid for by us. VOTE no on MONICA Garcia and LOZANO.
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