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Central Basin Board Member Art Chacon Uses Brother Hector's ID in DUI Arrest

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“Hilltop Park Above All”

Since: Sep 08

Montebello, CA

#1 Dec 19, 2013
http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-1220-chaco...
By Hector Becerra
December 19, 2013, 5:51 p.m.
Montebello school board member Hector Chacon said he was at his parents' home sorting through some paperwork this year when he noticed a letter addressed to him. It was from a drug and alcohol rehab center and confirmed his enrollment in a program for first-time DUI offenders.
Chacon said he was puzzled because he didn't have a DUI and began investigating.
He discovered he was the victim of an elaborate identity theft: Someone had used his name and birth date when the person was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. The ruse continued when the man pleaded no contest to the charges and enrolled in the rehabilitation program, according to court records. This same person had also vandalized the Whittier city jail after the 2011 arrest.
But the real twist came when officials determined the culprit was Chacon's older brother Arturo Chacon, 48, an elected board member on the Central Basin Municipal Water District, according to court records.
For reasons that are still not fully clear, neither police, prosecutors nor court officials figured out he was using his brother's name until Hector Chacon, 46, came forward nearly two years after the arrest.
"It's stunning he could pose as his brother so long," said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
Prosecutors said Hector Chacon was fortunate in one respect: His brother had acquired at least two bench warrants, and Hector could have been arrested during a routine traffic stop.
"There could have been a scenario where he could have been arrested based on false information," said Stefana Antonescu, an L.A. County deputy district attorney who handled Hector Chacon's hearing to clear his name. "I can't imagine that. If my brother had done that to me, I'd be none too thrilled."
Antonescu said prosecutors agreed to clear Hector Chacon's name at the hearing but never considered charging his brother for his deception at that time.
"Our only concern was the innocent party in court," she said.
Robison declined to comment on whether prosecutors might charge Arturo Chacon.
The two Chacons are part of a political dynasty in a corner of Southeast L.A. County known for hard-knocks politics. At one point three brothers served as elected leaders, including a councilman in the City of Commerce. Members of the family, including a sister and another brother, have also run campaigns, making them go-to people for some politicians and would-be politicians.
Arturo Chacon did not return calls seeking comment. He is one of five board members on a public agency that has been roiled as part of an FBI investigation of state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello). The investigation also involves the senator's brother Tom Calderon, a former assemblyman who had been an influential consultant for Central Basin for years.
Hector Chacon said that his main focus had been clearing his name and that he holds no ill will toward his brother.

“Hilltop Park Above All”

Since: Sep 08

Montebello, CA

#2 Dec 19, 2013
"The most important thing was to get the court order because obviously I did not get convicted of a DUI, even though the paperwork said I did," he said. "My feelings for my brother have not changed. I love all my brothers."

The case began with Arturo Chacon's arrest in Whittier on April 8, 2011.

"He was asleep behind the wheel in the middle of the road" on Mar Vista Street, Whittier police Officer Brad White said. He was taken into custody, and would have been digitally fingerprinted and photographed, White said. He gave his name as Hector Chacon, police said.

While in the Whittier jail, Arturo Chacon also did damage to his cell by etching on a wall, White said. Hector Chacon was charged with that too.
In the misdemeanor complaint, the defendant is listed as Hector Chacon, with the Montebello politician's birth date. Under that: "aka Arturo Chacon."

Some other documents also contained Art's own name, usually as a signature or as an initial, though rarely if ever under the listing of defendant.
Montebello Historian

Studio City, CA

#4 Dec 19, 2013
"...prosecutors agreed to clear Hector Chacon's name at the hearing but never considered charging his brother for his deception at that time."

What the....

"Deception"? Is that even a legal term?

What about DUI, perjury, false testimony, identity theft, contempt of court, failure to appear, etc. and throw in a few "with intent to."
Trash Talk

Norwalk, CA

#5 Dec 20, 2013
Ask Jack Hadjanian
Did not the Chacon machine run his campaign (and another more recent one)?
Did Jack also take money from the corrupt assessor and the Calderons?
Should be three strikes
Truth Squad

Norwalk, CA

#6 Dec 21, 2013
Ask Fast Jack about Noquez

Such maneuvering recalls the case of John Noguez, an official in the county assessor’s office.
Suddenly, with huge county establishment backing, he ran for assesor and won.
That gave the county supervisors the chance to counter demands for more Latino representation by noting that two Latinos, Noguez and Sheriff Lee Baca, held countywide offices, evidence that Latinos were well represented.

Unfortunately this hasn’t ended well.
Noguez is now facing many corruption charges.
Still, the chance of putting Guerra and/or Duran on the board may prove irresistible to county leaders opposed to Justice Department intervention.
They can call it Noguez II.

http://www.laobserved.com/boyarsky/2013/12/su...

Noquez, Calderon, Chacon
Do we really need them pulling the strings in Montebello?
Chacon-holics

West Covina, CA

#7 Mar 10, 2014
Haven't they suffered enough? Just let them cry over their bags of cash. Can't we all just get along?
Trash Talk

Rosemead, CA

#8 Mar 11, 2014
http://www.scpr.org/news/2014/03/04/42524/cen...

looks like misuse of public funds
Trash Talk

Rosemead, CA

#9 Mar 13, 2014
A picture's worth a thousand words- slideshow

http://photos.whittierdailynews.com/2014/03/1...

Political corruption

Water district director censured by board, member calls for his resignation

http://www.whittierdailynews.com/government-a...

Vasquez cited news reports that the Central Basin paid $16,000 to a woman in a car accident he caused and the fact he has received an auto allowance despite not having a driver’s license. Chacon also received $63,000 in workers compensation.

Central Basin ratepayers paid $79,000 arising from a 2010 six-car automobile accident caused by Chacon despite a finding by Central Basin insurance carrier that he was not engaged in any Central Basin business at the time, Vasquez said.

“Mr. Chacon needs to resign and I am calling on him to do exactly that,” she said.

Chacon claims he was on OFFICIAL BUSINESS- what OFFICIAL BUSINESS???


“The Central Basin ratepayers did not elect us to steal or misuse their hard earned money,” Vasquez said.
“Mr. Chacon’s resignation will help in restoring the public’s trust in Central Basin and aide in repairing the bad image that Mr. Chacon and others have given Southeast Los Angeles County elected officials.”

Following the press conference, Chacon defended himself, saying he now has a driver’s license.

But he refused to show it to anyone. He also said he deserved to be compensated for the accident because he was driving on district time,” he said.

PUT UP OE SHUT UP

He also said that other board members have issues too, including Robert Apodaca, who is being sued for sexual harassment, and James Roybal who is being sued for leaking a confidential settlement. The district also was sued in both cases.

“There’s a lot of fishy things that are not right here,” Chacon said.

During the press conference, Beilke interrupted Vasquez numerous times.

JUST PLAIN RUDE
Trash Talk

Rosemead, CA

#10 Mar 13, 2014
http://www.whittierdailynews.com/government-a...

Exclusive:$1,000 in mileage paid to unlicensed water board member

"BUT IT WAS ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS"

COMMERCE >> Although he’s been convicted twice of DUI and hasn’t had a valid California driver’s license since 2003, local water board member Arturo Chacon received mileage payments of more than $1,000 for trips to Las Vegas, San Diego and Indian Wells, according to documents obtained by this news organization.

The reimbursement was given to Chacon on top of the $597 monthly stipend he receives from the Central Basin Water District and after he caused a traffic accident that wrecked constituents’ cars and sent three people to area hospitals.



A respected state government watchdog said the payments to Chacon, who stayed at luxury resorts in Carlsbad, Rancho Bernardo and Monterey and at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, appear to be evidence of paycheck padding. The watchdog questioned the agency’s reimbursement policies.

Between 2012 and 2013, Chacon received $1,006 on mileage reports related to the various conferences.

“I would hope (the district) would have him show a driver’s license before they give him the money, said Bob Stern, former president of the Center for Governmental Studies.“It doesn’t sound appropriate.”

Chacon’s record behind the wheel has been problematic for the district.

Filed as a whistle-blower claim, the lawsuit alleges the board and the general manager lied about public business under the cloak of a state law that allows them to meet in private.

Vasquez also alleges the lawyers and Aguilar threatened, harassed and intimidated her when she made inquiries about the fund and how it was used.

According to the suit, the board and general manager violated state open-meeting laws under the ruse of discussing “pending litigation.”

One government watchdog said the allegations are troubling.



“If they are paying someone for services that aren’t provided, then that is a false claims violation. People can be prosecuted. They can be forced to return all the money,” said Gil Aguirre of San Dimas, an activist who has followed the case and has won several open-meeting law cases against public agencies.

The district has been under increased scrutiny since receiving a subpoena from the FBI as part of the investigation into former state Assemblyman Tom Calderon, D-Montebello, who had a $12,000 monthly consulting contract with the agency until February 2013.

Calderon and his brother, state Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, have been indicted by a U.S. grand jury on federal corruption charges, including bribery and money laundering, for their alleged roles involving a Long Beach hospital and a phony film studio.



Central Basin is a water wholesaler serving the southeast area of Los Angeles County.

Director James Roybal said he thinks the agency’s policy allows for “double-dipping.”

“The question is valid,” Roybal said.“I didn’t know we even had that policy. I haven’t been on one trip and I don’t plan on going anywhere. We get almost $600 (a month) in auto allowance. It’s an overly generous policy. The board should take a look at it.”

Chacon didn’t return a phone call made to the district for comment.
Trash Talk

Rosemead, CA

#11 Mar 13, 2014
$600 monthly payment for a car despite no valid driver’s license? Water board caught in controversy

COMMERCE >> A water agency that serves Signal Hill and portions of the San Gabriel Valley paid $16,000 to a woman who was injured in a car accident caused by a board member driving on a suspended or expired license, according to court documents obtained by this news organization.

Arturo Chacon, 48, of Commerce also received worker’s compensation pay totaling $63,000, even though an insurance provider for the Central Basin Water District said a multicar accident caused by Chacon occurred during nonworking hours.



State officials say Chacon, convicted twice of driving under the influence, has not had a valid California driver’s licence since 2003. Despite those convictions, the water district pays Chacon a $600 monthly vehicle stipend and has never asked for the status of his licence.

Following the accident, two insurance companies sued Chacon and his brother, Hector, a Montebello school board member.

Two weeks ago, Tony Perez, Central Basin’s general manager, agreed to pay $16,000 to Wawanesa Insurance on behalf of Arturo Chacon, according to court documents.

Chacon was among board members who voted to install Perez as general manager in April. Perez replaced Chuck Fuentes, who was fired.

The board did not vote on the settlement.

“Anything under $25,000 can be handled by the general manager,” Legaspi said.



“I don’t understand why the agency would make such a lousy decision to pay that money when it was very clear that our insurance provider said he was not on district time,” Vasquez said.

Another part of the court settlement was handled by Hector Chacon, owner of the Nissan pick-up. He agreed to pay $14,000 to Mendez on his brother’s behalf.

Chacon told the California Highway Patrol he was on his way home from work when the crash occurred.

He later told an insurance investigator he had been asked to inspect road conditions near a Central Basin construction site.



An insurance company attorney later noted that Chacon “was neither asked or directed to go to the construction site by anyone employed by or associated with the Central Basin Municipal Water District.”

Chacon receives no pay to investigate construction sites,
nor is he qualified, the attorney, Robert Gokoo, also noted.

Deposed in a separate, unrelated case, former Central Basin General manager Art Aguilar said Chacon asked him to lie about the circumstances surrounding the accident.

Chacon was only cited for failing to provide proof of insurance. He received no other charges.
A CHP report indicated he was in possession of a “valid” California license.
BUT WAS IT HIS LICENSE OR HECTORS?

WHY NO SOBRIETY TEST ???

PERJURY??
Trash Talk

Rosemead, CA

#12 Mar 13, 2014
http://www.whittierdailynews.com/government-a...

Central Basin Water District board may fire General Manager Tony Perez for payments to unlicensed board member

BOTH ART AND HECTOR MUST RESIGN
The co-conspirators are not fit for public office
Trash Talk

Rosemead, CA

#13 Mar 13, 2014
AND NOW THE REST OF THE STORY Thursday, March 13, 2014

http://www.loscerritosnews.net/2014/03/13/cen...

Two censure items were voted on, one for concealing his identity to members of law enforcement and the other for accepting car travel per diem while not having a valid driver’s license.

The second vote is a point of contention given that Chacon does not have a license because Central Basin is in a lawsuit with the Joint Powers Insurance Authority over Chacon’s 2010 auto accident.

Since the case has not been settled, it remains on his DMV record and Chacon cannot obtain his license.

“ I am fortunate to have many friends drive me to meetings and events, Chacon said in an earlier interview with HMG-CN,
“I would like to get my license back, but the case is not settled.
QUIT DRINKING and 'CONTROLED SUBSTANCES"

I am still going to meetings, and incurring mileage on my car.”
STILL DRIVING?

The censure comes at a time when":
Apodaca is involved in three sexual harassment lawsuits that could cost the District millions,
Roybal is in “Teacher Jail” and earning money, a violation of LAUSD policy of which Roybal is under investigation for,
and the revelation by HMG-CN that Vasquez is suing the District as a whistle-blower and could make millions under the Qui Tam provision.

Trash Talk

Rosemead, CA

#14 Mar 13, 2014
Central Basin Water Directors to Fire General Manager Tony Perez on Thursday
http://www.loscerritosnews.net/2014/03/12/cen...

read the story
enough dirt for everyone
Trash Talk

Rosemead, CA

#15 Mar 13, 2014
Two People Come Forward to Refute KPCC and Whittier Daily News Story on Chacon
Published on March 11th, 2014
Written by: Brian Hews

Moe Masanian of Montebello and former Director Ed Vasquez have provided HMG-CN statements that directly contradict information in the articles the two news outlets broke last week regarding Chacon.

and who organized the marchers, signs and banners ???
Reality Check

Rosemead, CA

#17 Mar 13, 2014
http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/government-an...

COMMERCE >> In a raucous public meeting, the Central Basin Municipal Water District board censured fellow board member Art Chacon on Thursday for lying to authorities and driving without a license but gave its general manager a reprieve.

“He still has a job,” said attorney Rick Olivarez, referring to General Manager Tony Perez.

The general manager also signed off on a $16,000 payment to a woman injured in a 2010 car accident that was caused by Chacon. Additionally, Perez agreed that Chacon should receive $63,000 in workers’ compensation payments for injuries he allegedly suffered in the accident.

“The purpose of that (agenda item) was to get answers from the general manager,” said board member Leticia Vasquez.“That judgment was about a personal auto accident that had nothing to do with district business. In fact, that is a gift of public funds,” she said during an interview after the meeting.

Perez, 56, who has been on the job for about 11 months, seemed stunned. He said he was not sure he still had a job, but Olivarez reassured him he did.

Vasquez indicated that Perez may still have some explaining to do in the coming weeks. She and other board members say they never approved of the payment to Chacon and that Perez acted without a board vote.

“We are still looking at it. We are not satisfied with the responses he gave us,” Vasquez said.

On the issue of the $597 a month car allowance issued to Chacon, Vasquez said she tried to get other board members to require Chacon to pay back the money and stop taking the car allowance.
She was unsuccessful, she said.

Chacon announced he has a driver’s license but refused to show it to district staff. He also said that during the accident in 2010 that involved six cars and injured five people he was driving on district time.

Chacon told the California Highway Patrol he was on his way home from work when the crash occurred.
He later told an insurance investigator he had been asked to inspect road conditions near a Central Basin construction site.

However, an insurance company attorney noted that Chacon “was neither asked or directed to go to the construction site by anyone employed by or associated with the Central Basin Municipal Water District.”

Chacon receives no pay to investigate construction sites,
nor is he qualified, the attorney, Robert Gokoo, also noted.

The board majority, by a 3-2 vote, approved a motion for censure because he broke his oath of office by lying to police about his identity after he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
And he drove without a license.
Chacon received six additional suspensions on the expired license from 2011-2013 for offenses such as drunken driving and failing to provide proof of insurance, according to the DMV.
“I know this is politics,” Chacon said.

The censure is more symbolic than practical.
Chacon can still attend board meetings and vote.
Board member Robert Apodaca, who voted for the censure, said there’s not much else the board can do to Chacon.

“The only way you can get him out is if you recall him,” he said after the meeting.

Vasquez said the fate of Chacon will be in the hands of the voters.
He is up for re-election in November.

Meanwhile, Perez, the fourth general manager of the embattled district in the past two years,
will continue in his position, having survived a closed session performance evaluation.

When he came to the district, he was director of operations and business development for DR Consultants.
He spent most of his career, more than 22 years, as an engineer with Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

In April 2013, Perez was awarded a five-year contract by the board and is earning an annual base salary of $195,000.
reality check

Rosemead, CA

#18 Mar 13, 2014
Witty Whittierite

Alhambra, CA

#19 Mar 13, 2014
Trash Talk wrote:
Two People Come Forward to Refute KPCC and Whittier Daily News Story on Chacon
Published on March 11th, 2014
Written by: Brian Hews
Moe Masanian of Montebello and former Director Ed Vasquez have provided HMG-CN statements that directly contradict information in the articles the two news outlets broke last week regarding Chacon.
and who organized the marchers, signs and banners ???
It looks like Mo has Art on speed-dial! Is that the Montebello version of Calling in the Cavalry?
Wonder why

Los Angeles, CA

#20 Mar 14, 2014
Ed Vasquez was on the Central Basin Board of Directors when Tom Calderon was making a mint there with "consulting contacts". Those contracts and other politically suspect contracts have been the subject of FBI subpoenas during their on-going investigation of Central Basin. By vouching for Chacon's story Vasquez is standing by his then Board of Directors buddy Art Chacon. Easy for him since he's been voted off the Board in the last election.

If Chacon was either going to or from the Central Basin Recycled Water Pipeline construction site on Lincoln Blvd. in Montebello, as he claims, then what was he doing over on the 710 Freeway, especially during choked rush hour traffic? The easiest, quickest route would be by surface streets.
trash talk

Rosemead, CA

#21 Mar 14, 2014
ED and Rosie Vasquez better get their affairs in order.

http://www.loscerritosnews.net/2014/03/13/vas...

Vasquez, Roybal, Apodaca Fall Short In Effort to Fire Central Basin Executive Perez
Published on March 13th, 2014

Earlier in the meeting, Vasquez, Apodaca and Roybal voted to censure Chacon.

The two censure items against Chacon included his alleged “concealing” of his “true identity to members of law enforcement” after he was arrested on drunken driving charges and for accepting car travel per diem while not having a valid driver’s license.

Since the case has not been officially settled with the Joint Powers Insurance Authority, the incident remains on his DMV record.

Vasquez, Roybal and Apodaca said that Chacon does not have a valid license,
but Chacon said his driver license is “valid” and that he would be providing a copy of his license “only to HMG-CN.”
ROFLMFAO

“I am fortunate to have many friends drive me to meetings and events, Chacon said in an earlier interview with HMG-CN,“I would like to get my license back, but the case is not settled.
I am still going to meetings, and incurring mileage on my car.”
WHO'S GOING TO DRIVE?
do we have to pay for a chauffer?

The censure comes at a time when Apodaca is involved in three sexual harassment lawsuits that could cost the District millions,
Roybal is in “Teacher Jail” and earning money, a violation of LAUSD policy of which Roybal is under investigation for, and the revelation by HMG-CN that Vasquez is suing the District as a whistle-blower and could make millions under the Qui Tam provision.

Earlier in the morning, Vasquez held what could be called an erratic press conference to denounce Chacon.

During her comments, she was frequently interrupted by former Pico Rivera Mayor Ronald Beilke who had a brief employment stint at the embroiled district. RUDE AND UNCOUTH

Beilke was joined by more than three dozen vocal opponents of Vasquez, Roybal and Apodaca who all held clever and colorful protest signs that urged to “Recall Vasquez, Again,” to “Teacher’s Jail Inmate Jimmy Roybal,” as well as a signed reading “Ernie Camacho, I Own You Guys.”

Camacho is the owner of Pacifica Services who according to sources is currently being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation,
the US Attorney’s Office and the Department of Justice
in the case involving indicted California State Senator Ronald Calderon and his brother former Assemblyman Thomas Calderon.

Also in attendance was Ernest Camacho who is the owner of Pacifica Services who has help bankroll campaigns in the past for Apodaca, Roybal, and Vasquez.

Camacho was flanked by a personal body guard during the meeting, and sat with a glazed look on his face throughout the long four hour meeting and closed session.

“Ernie Camacho should be in handcuffs instead of sitting here in this meeting,” one attendee told HMG-CN who did not want to be identified.

Sources tell HMG-CN that Camacho was urgently seeking the removal of Perez as General Manager of Central Basin.
trash talk

Rosemead, CA

#22 Mar 14, 2014

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