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August 14, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has dismissed the entire criminal case against former San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments executive director Nicholas Conway, saying he did nothing wrong. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office, which last year filed four conflict-of-interest felonies counts against Conway, said recently that it was still reviewing its options whether to appeal the decision made by a judge earlier this month. Judge Norm Shapiro ruled there was "no crime here, period" and essentially agreed that Conway acted openly and publicly in his handling of the contracts.
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February 24, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Santa Ana's longtime mayor is under investigation for his relationship with an auto parts business owner, to whom the mayor sold a piece of downtown property and then voted in favor of giving the auto parts store an exclusive city contract. As part of his real estate transaction, Mayor Miguel Pulido also purchased a Westminster home from the auto parts business owner for about $230,000 below fair market value, according to property records. Pulido later sold the home for a $197,000 profit.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 1997
A former Redondo Beach official and an ex-computer maintenance contractor have been charged with nine felony counts centering on theft and conflict-of-interest allegations, according to court records made public Wednesday. Rick Garcia, 35, the city's former director of information services, appeared Wednesday in Los Angeles Municipal Court and was released on his own recognizance. Arraignment was set for Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2014 | By Stephen Ceasar
The principal of Beverly Hills High School did not report more than $40,000 he received from a for-profit summer sports camp he ran for the school's athletes - a possible violation of conflict-of-interest and ethics policies, according to a report on the program reviewed by The Times. The draft review, which was conducted by a law firm hired by the Beverly Hills Unified School District, came in response to an article in The Times last year. It found that the Beverly Hills Sports Academy, which was held on campus, was operated by Principal Carter Paysinger and two school employees.
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March 20, 1991 | MARY HELEN BERG
Federal officials have asked the county to investigate allegations of conflict of interest in the awarding of grants for low-income housing here. The Los Angeles office of the Department of Housing and Urban Development sent a letter to Board of Supervisors Chairman Gaddi H. Vasquez this month asking that the county's legal department review a citizen complaint about administration of a HUD program.
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February 4, 2006 | From Reuters
The Labor Department is investigating possible conflicts of interest in the pension consulting industry, two lawmakers said. Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) said he was pleased that the department was looking into an area already under scrutiny by the Securities and Exchange Commission. "There is a crisis in the pension marketplace, and sweetheart deals cut by consultants and concealed from pension plans may be contributing to it," Markey said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1991 | MARY ANNE PEREZ
The City Council this week agreed to consider tightening a conflict-of-interest measure that was overwhelmingly approved by voters last November. The move would make it a conflict for city officials to vote on issues relating to contributors who donate $250 or more to their individual campaigns. The measure approved by voters set a $500 minimum. City staff will draft an ordinance to be brought before the council at its Aug. 5 meeting. Councilwoman Sandra L.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1996
A former Cerritos College administrator awaiting trial on conflict-of-interest charges now faces similar accusations by the state Fair Political Practices Commission. The commission has scheduled an October hearing for Viet Be, the college's former vice president of student services. An administrative law judge is expected to review evidence that Be illegally benefited from a sideline business during his tenure at the college.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1994
Cerritos College trustees have fired an administrator who was accused of requiring foreign students to send their transcripts to an evaluation firm that he owned. The Board of Trustees voted 4 to 2 Wednesday to dismiss Viet Be, vice president of student services, after an extensive conflict-of-interest investigation. Trustee Dorothy Carfrae, Be's fiancee, abstained. Be was placed on paid leave Oct.
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August 6, 1989 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC
A conflict-of-interest flap over the funding of a planned exhibition of KABC-TV film critic Gary Franklin's Hollywood photographs has sent the New York show back to the drawing board. The exhibition was scheduled for spring at the International Center of Photography's new galleries in midtown Manhattan, but now it is "under discussion," according to Willis Hartshorn, the center's director of exhibitions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb and Ruben Vives
Angela Spaccia, the $564,000-a-year deputy to the disgraced former city manager of Bell, was found guilty Monday of 11 felony counts related to her role in the corruption scandal, becoming the seventh official convicted of enriching themselves at the expensive of the working-class residents. Spaccia, the last figure in the Bell scandal to be convicted or enter a plea, was taken away in handcuffs after a jury rendered the verdicts in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom. Though she wept several times during her testimony, Spaccia showed no emotion when the verdicts were read, pronouncing her guilty of multiple counts of misappropriation of public funds, conflict of interest and secretion of public documents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 2013 | By Cindy Chang
Hacienda La Puente school board member Joseph Chang was censured by his colleagues last week over allegations that he accepted trips to China from a private company and pressured school administrators to accept unqualified international students. The board voted 3 to 1 on Thursday, with board members Jay Chen, Anthony Duarte and Rudy Chavarria supporting the censure, Chang opposing it and Gino Kwok abstaining. The censure expresses the board's opinion but does not have any effect on Chang's status as a board member, said Trevin Sims, an attorney for the board.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 2013 | By David Zahniser
Three weeks after being sworn in as a new representative for South Los Angeles, Los Angeles City Councilman Curren Price announced his support for a new liquor permit at a market in the north end of his district. Two weeks later, Price backed alcohol sales at a supermarket in Councilman Gil Cedillo's district. And this month, Price voted to let a Central Avenue grocery store in his district sell liquor until 2 a.m. All three businesses had hired the Katherman Co., a well-established, City Hall advocacy firm, to help navigate the city's serpentine permitting process.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
The bids for a lucrative media services contract at Los Angeles International Airport were thrown out Tuesday amid conflict of interest allegations involving a former airport commission president. In a rare decision, the Board of Airport Commissioners voted unanimously to reject all proposals to handle indoor advertising, sponsorships and other media opportunities to promote LAX, the nation's third-busiest airport. The contract could provide up to $350 million in revenue for Los Angeles World Airports, the operator of LAX, by the end of 2020.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
Los Angeles officials will consider throwing out all bids submitted for a lucrative media contract at LAX because of conflict of interest allegations involving a former airport commission president whose firm is vying for the work. The possibility of canceling the bids and starting over stems from a formal protest by Clear Channel Airports, which brought the accusations against Alan Rothenberg, a prominent investment banker and chairman of Premier Partnerships. Rothenberg's company has joined JC Decaux Airport Inc. and Time Warner in a bid to handle indoor advertising, sponsorships and other media opportunities to promote Los Angeles International Airport, the nation's third-busiest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
Los Angeles officials will consider throwing out all bids submitted for a lucrative media contract at LAX due to conflict-of-interest allegations involving a former airport commission president whose firm is vying for the work. The possibility of canceling the bids and starting over stems from a formal protest by Clear Channel Airports, which brought the accusations against Alan Rothenberg, a prominent investment banker and chairman of Premier Partnerships. Rothenberg's company has joined JC Decaux Airport Inc. and Time Warner in a bid to handle indoor advertising, sponsorships and other media opportunities to promote Los Angeles International Airport, the nation's third busiest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has dismissed the entire criminal case against former San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments executive director Nicholas Conway, saying he did nothing wrong. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office, which last year filed four conflict-of-interest felonies counts against Conway, said recently that it was still reviewing its options whether to appeal the decision made by a judge earlier this month. Judge Norm Shapiro ruled there was "no crime here, period" and essentially agreed that Conway acted openly and publicly in his handling of the contracts.
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