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April 16, 2005 | Rich Connell and Robert J. Lopez, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles County district attorney investigators probing possible misuse of public funds in the industrial city of Vernon are focusing in part on longtime City Administrator Bruce V. Malkenhorst Sr., according to a court record obtained Friday. Malkenhorst, who has been among the highest-paid government officials in the country, is identified as a suspect in a hearing notice prepared by the district attorney's office and filed in Superior Court.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 2005 | Rich Connell and Robert J. Lopez, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles County district attorney investigators probing possible misuse of public funds in the industrial city of Vernon are focusing in part on longtime City Administrator Bruce V. Malkenhorst Sr., according to a court record obtained Friday. Malkenhorst, who has been among the highest-paid government officials in the country, is identified as a suspect in a hearing notice prepared by the district attorney's office and filed in Superior Court.
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OPINION
April 13, 2005
Re "Tiny Town of Vernon Is Focus of Inquiry," April 7: So, City Administrator Bruce V. Malkenhorst is compensated at $600,000 per year plus an apartment, limo service, a city-provided SUV, all while often playing golf 20 days a month? That rotten smell in Vernon isn't coming from the meatpacking plants! David J. Ryan La Habra
OPINION
February 18, 2006
IMAGINE A LAND WHERE THE ruling clique decides who can or can't live there; where elections are routinely canceled; where the leader gets all the bling he wants -- Escalades, limo service and one day off a week to play golf. Residents are afraid to even talk about their overlords, whispering off-the-record epithets like "dictator."
OPINION
December 27, 2010 | By Rick Cole
Until the Bell scandal, local government had largely escaped the disdain that voters reserve for Washington and Sacramento. Bell undermined confidence in the checks and balances that normally prevent a corrupt regime from maintaining control of a local entity. Belatedly, the exposure of the Rizzo regime in Bell brought renewed scrutiny to the brazen corruption in adjacent Vernon, creating an opportunity to abolish an essentially criminal enterprise posing as a city government. Assembly Speaker John A. Perez has introduced a bill to unincorporate cities with fewer than 150 residents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 2013
The city of Vernon is giving Los Angeles County prosecutors a chance to examine a years-old report on the city's former city manager, Bruce V. Malkenhorst, who was convicted of corruption. Join us at 9 a.m when we talk with Times reporter Hector Becerra about the report and what it reveals about Malkenhorst. Nearly a decade ago, Vernon's city attorney launched a secret internal investigation into Malkenhorst, the small city's powerful administrator. The 85-page report alleged that Malkenhorst used hundreds of thousands of dollars in public funds for expenses, including massages and Christmas gifts for family and friends.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2005 | Robert J. Lopez and Rich Connell, Times Staff Writers
The district attorney's office served search warrants Wednesday at Vernon City Hall as part of an investigation of alleged misuse of public funds in the tiny industrial town on the southeast border of Los Angeles, authorities said. For the last several months, investigators from the district attorney's public integrity division have been conducting a preliminary probe of the city, which was sparked by a complaint, said Head Deputy Dist. Atty. David Demerjian.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 2006 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
After a year of legal battles, Los Angeles County prosecutors have obtained volumes of documents from Vernon City Hall that are at the center of a public corruption probe of the small industrial city. Vernon city leaders fought to keep the records from the district attorney's office, taking the case to the California Supreme Court. But the high court refused to hear Vernon's final appeal last week, and prosecutors are now reviewing 1,700 pages of city records.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2009 | Hector Becerra
Three years ago, Leonis Malburg stood in the council chamber of the city of Vernon as his fellow council members passed a resolution honoring the mayor for 50 years in office. Beaming, Malburg bragged about surpassing the long political run of the city's founder, his grandfather. "I got my 50 years now, and I survived, health-wise and otherwise," he said. "And I beat my dear grandfather, John Leonis, who had 45 years in the city . . . by five years."
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April 26, 2006 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
The city of Vernon has launched an aggressive court fight to prevent prosecutors from reviewing city records as part of a criminal investigation into allegations of public corruption. The Los Angeles County district attorney's public integrity unit collected boxes of documents nearly a year ago during searches at Vernon City Hall and homes of City Council members.
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August 30, 2013 | By Hector Becerra
In his final year as city administrator for the city of Vernon, Bruce V. Malkenhorst took home $911,000. The year before, 2004, he was paid $858,000, and received $841,000 and $729,000 the years before. But Vernon City Atty. Nicholas Rodriguez said Malkenhorst may have actually been padding his salary by hundreds of thousands of dollars. The extra income totaled more than 40% of his total compensation in some years. For example, records obtained by the Los Angeles Times show “cash-outs” the equivalent of 940 hours of salary in 2004, 920 in 2003 and 880 in 2002.
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