Baldwin Park just as crooked as Montebello
Montebello council candidates accept campaign contributions from trash, taxi and tow companies.
MONTEBELLO - Several City Council candidates have stocked their campaign coffers with contributions from trash, taxi and tow companies, while others have focused on running for office without donors.
Among Perez and Salazar's donors is the city's contracted tow company, Helms and Hill
The company's exclusive contract to tow cars the police department impounds is up for renewal in August 2012, according to city documents.
Fiesta Taxi. The company was locked in a bitter dispute for a city contract, filing a lawsuit against competitor Mid Valley Yellow Cab that alleged the company gave fraudulent insurance documents to the city.
While Mid Valley Yellow Cab continues to drive senior citizens around under the contract, Fiesta is lobbying the City Council, sending out representatives to speak at meetings over the past few years.
15-year exclusive contract with Athens Services to haul trash in the city.
Cortez said donors are pouring money into the campaigns of her competitors because they don't want to see her re-elected.
Cortez has been a vocal opponent of the council majority, and requested an audit by the state controller's office that found the city misspent more than $31 million between 2005 and 2010.
"I believe that thousands of dollars have been placed into these elections to suppress the good things," Cortez said. "You have certain people who don't want you in office because they don't want you exposing things that are illegal."