Days after two city inspectors were arrested on suspicion of taking bribes, officials at the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety called Tuesday for the agency to electronically track the whereabouts of its employees.
Building and Safety spokesman David Lara said his department sent a series of recommendations to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, including a move to activate the GPS tracking devices contained within each inspector's cellphone and laptop computer.
"For us, it's mostly about making sure our inspectors are where they're supposed to be," Lara said. "With the latest turn of events, it's too bad that we've had to take that type of measure. But we feel in the long run it would provide better control for our supervisors."
In affidavits filed last week, the FBI said Hugo Joel Gonzalez, 49, of Eagle Rock and Raoul Joseph Germain, 59, of Altadena were caught on video taking bribes in exchange for the approval of construction work. In some instances no inspections were conducted, the FBI said.