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March 7, 1990 | TRACY WOOD and RICH CONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Dist. Atty. Ira Reiner, after a two-year delay, ordered an investigation Tuesday of $125,000 in payments from a onetime massage-parlor owner to a former top aide to Mayor Tom Bradley and to the aide's wife. Reiner announced the investigation after The Times made inquiries about the financial relationship between Art Gastelum and Hal Mintz, a former college instructor and real estate investor who pleaded no contest in 1988 to maintaining a West Hollywood house of prostitution.
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December 1, 2011 | By Gale Holland and Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County prosecutors are investigating possible criminal wrongdoing by two major contractors working for the Los Angeles Community College District as part of its $5.7-billion campus construction program. The inquiry centers on allegations by the district's inspector general that companies owned by Art Gastelum and Nizar Katbi submitted fraudulent billings for construction work at Mission College in Sylmar , Deputy Dist. Atty. Max Huntsman said Wednesday. The district alleges that Gastelum's firm approved a payment to Katbi's company for work it had not performed.
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March 25, 1990
The article "Plan Sinks for Homes at Reservoir" (Feb.22) shows that Art Gastelum, director of the mayor's Office of Economic Development, and others who share his thinking need to change their attitudes about what is best use of the Chatsworth Reservoir. Gastelum's proposal was to put in relatively low-cost housing to lure teachers to Los Angeles. Councilman Hal Bernson spoke for many citizens by calling the plan "moronic." He said the reservoir is "one of the most ecologically sensitive areas in the city of Los Angeles."
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October 5, 2011 | By Gale Holland and Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley has opened a preliminary inquiry into allegations of irregularities in the Los Angeles Community College District's choice of a watchdog for its troubled $5.7-billion construction program. Deputy Dist. Atty. Max Huntsman said Monday that his office's public integrity division is examining why the college district hired a newly formed company, Policy Masters Inc., as inspector general over higher-ranked candidates. The company's founder, Christine E. Marez, had no background in independent audits and investigations.
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December 1, 2011 | By Gale Holland and Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County prosecutors are investigating possible criminal wrongdoing by two major contractors working for the Los Angeles Community College District as part of its $5.7-billion campus construction program. The inquiry centers on allegations by the district's inspector general that companies owned by Art Gastelum and Nizar Katbi submitted fraudulent billings for construction work at Mission College in Sylmar , Deputy Dist. Atty. Max Huntsman said Wednesday. The district alleges that Gastelum's firm approved a payment to Katbi's company for work it had not performed.
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October 5, 2011 | By Gale Holland and Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley has opened a preliminary inquiry into allegations of irregularities in the Los Angeles Community College District's choice of a watchdog for its troubled $5.7-billion construction program. Deputy Dist. Atty. Max Huntsman said Monday that his office's public integrity division is examining why the college district hired a newly formed company, Policy Masters Inc., as inspector general over higher-ranked candidates. The company's founder, Christine E. Marez, had no background in independent audits and investigations.
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March 2, 1990 | RICH CONNELL and TRACY WOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A veteran aide and Eastside representative of Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley abruptly resigned Thursday, only one month after being elevated to a key economic development post in the mayor's office. Art Gastelum, 40, who has been with Bradley's office for 17 years, will depart today to take a position with Somma Mattress Co., a large Los Angeles water bed manufacturer headed by Angel Echevarria, a longtime Bradley supporter and one of the mayor's city utility commissioners.
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October 23, 2003 | Ralph Frammolino, Nicholas Riccardi and Ted Rohrlich, Times Staff Writers
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office missed a rare opportunity to plumb back-room patronage and deal-making when it shut down a corruption investigation earlier this year without fully exploring allegations that an influential lobbyist had engaged in bribery and other wrongdoing. The lobbyist, Art M. Gastelum, is a prominent political fund-raiser and owns a company that has managed numerous government construction projects in Southern California.
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March 26, 1999 | RALPH FRAMMOLINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A politically connected partner in the Belmont Learning Complex project helped arrange large campaign contributions for two school board members who must make crucial decisions affecting the downtown high school, records and interviews show.
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September 17, 2003 | Ralph Frammolino, Times Staff Writer
The name of an influential Los Angeles lobbyist and former deputy mayor has surfaced in court here as members of a troubled water agency traded charges of bribery. The former president of the Otay Water District testified Tuesday that businessman-lobbyist Art M. Gastelum, a former aide to Mayor Tom Bradley, offered him a $1-million bribe to win his vote for an electricity project in early 2001. Another member of the water district, however, has said the president solicited the bribe himself.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2003 | Ralph Frammolino, Nicholas Riccardi and Ted Rohrlich, Times Staff Writers
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office missed a rare opportunity to plumb back-room patronage and deal-making when it shut down a corruption investigation earlier this year without fully exploring allegations that an influential lobbyist had engaged in bribery and other wrongdoing. The lobbyist, Art M. Gastelum, is a prominent political fund-raiser and owns a company that has managed numerous government construction projects in Southern California.
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September 17, 2003 | Ralph Frammolino, Times Staff Writer
The name of an influential Los Angeles lobbyist and former deputy mayor has surfaced in court here as members of a troubled water agency traded charges of bribery. The former president of the Otay Water District testified Tuesday that businessman-lobbyist Art M. Gastelum, a former aide to Mayor Tom Bradley, offered him a $1-million bribe to win his vote for an electricity project in early 2001. Another member of the water district, however, has said the president solicited the bribe himself.
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March 26, 1999 | RALPH FRAMMOLINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A politically connected partner in the Belmont Learning Complex project helped arrange large campaign contributions for two school board members who must make crucial decisions affecting the downtown high school, records and interviews show.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 1990
The article "Plan Sinks for Homes at Reservoir" (Feb.22) shows that Art Gastelum, director of the mayor's Office of Economic Development, and others who share his thinking need to change their attitudes about what is best use of the Chatsworth Reservoir. Gastelum's proposal was to put in relatively low-cost housing to lure teachers to Los Angeles. Councilman Hal Bernson spoke for many citizens by calling the plan "moronic." He said the reservoir is "one of the most ecologically sensitive areas in the city of Los Angeles."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 1990 | TRACY WOOD and RICH CONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Dist. Atty. Ira Reiner, after a two-year delay, ordered an investigation Tuesday of $125,000 in payments from a onetime massage-parlor owner to a former top aide to Mayor Tom Bradley and to the aide's wife. Reiner announced the investigation after The Times made inquiries about the financial relationship between Art Gastelum and Hal Mintz, a former college instructor and real estate investor who pleaded no contest in 1988 to maintaining a West Hollywood house of prostitution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 1990 | RICH CONNELL and TRACY WOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A veteran aide and Eastside representative of Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley abruptly resigned Thursday, only one month after being elevated to a key economic development post in the mayor's office. Art Gastelum, 40, who has been with Bradley's office for 17 years, will depart today to take a position with Somma Mattress Co., a large Los Angeles water bed manufacturer headed by Angel Echevarria, a longtime Bradley supporter and one of the mayor's city utility commissioners.
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November 4, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
Former City Councilman Nick Pacheco announced Monday that he is considering running against Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley for the county's top prosecutor position. Pacheco represented the 14th District on the Eastside from 1999 until this year, when he lost his bid for reelection to former Assembly Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa. Pacheco said that Cooley told the voters what they wanted to hear, but that he has not proved to be a strong leader for the county.
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March 27, 1999
Los Angeles school board member David Tokofsky said Friday that he received a political donation from Art Gastelum--a partner in a firm helping to build the controversial Belmont Learning Complex--but promptly sent it back. Tokofsky said Gastelum showed up at the last minute of a March 11 fund-raiser and left a $250 check. "He just handed it to the women at the door. . . .
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