Downey Mayor James S. Santangelo is scheduled to be tried May 4 on a misdemeanor charge that he had a conflict of interest when he voted to expand the city's redevelopment district in 1984.
Retired Municipal Court Judge Mario Barsotti scheduled the Downey Municipal Court trial during a hearing earlier this week. Barsotti also granted a discovery motion that will give Santangelo's attorney, Leo Newton, access to about 5,000 pages of documents collected by the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
Santangelo is charged with a single conflict-of-interest count. The mayor cast the deciding vote in July, 1984, to expand Downey's 125-acre redevelopment district by adding about 380 acres along Firestone Boulevard.
A Superior Court judge invalidated the new redevelopment area in 1985 after finding that Santangelo, who owned property in the district, had a conflict of interest in violation of state law.