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June 1, 2007 | Ted Rohrlich, Times Staff Writer
Leland Wong, a power broker in former Mayor James K. Hahn's administration who already is facing bribery charges, was accused Thursday of a felony conflict of interest for voting on a retail concessions contract at Los Angeles International Airport in which he allegedly had a financial stake. Wong was an airport commissioner in 2002, when the vote took place.
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November 29, 2008 | David Zahniser, Zahniser is a Times staff writer.
Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley has opened an inquiry into the lobbying work of former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alatorre and whether he violated city laws by failing to disclose those activities, several sources said. Cooley's Public Integrity Division, joined by investigators with the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, also have been seeking information about any lobbying work by former city commissioner Leland Wong, who was sentenced last month to five years in prison.
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July 11, 1998
The Los Angeles City Council confirmed Leland Wong on Friday to serve on the Board of Airport Commissioners. Wong, who was nominated by Mayor Richard Riordan, has been serving on the Harbor Commission. Wong replaces Airport Commissioner Edward P. Manning, who resigned. Wong's confirmation sailed through the council, but not without a word of warning from Councilwoman Ruth Galanter, a frequent critic of a proposed large expansion of Los Angeles International Airport.
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October 11, 2008 | David Zahniser, Times Staff Writer
A judge on Friday sentenced onetime Los Angeles city commissioner Leland Wong to five years in state prison, bringing an end to Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley's "pay to play" investigation of the administration of former Mayor James K. Hahn. Wong, the son of Chinese immigrants who had served in the administrations of three Los Angeles mayors, was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs as his friends and family watched.
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October 11, 2008 | David Zahniser, Times Staff Writer
A judge on Friday sentenced onetime Los Angeles city commissioner Leland Wong to five years in state prison, bringing an end to Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley's "pay to play" investigation of the administration of former Mayor James K. Hahn. Wong, the son of Chinese immigrants who had served in the administrations of three Los Angeles mayors, was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs as his friends and family watched.
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July 25, 2008 | Garrett Therolf, Times Staff Writer
A jury found former Los Angeles city commissioner Leland Wong guilty of public corruption Thursday, ending a criminal investigation that figured in former Mayor James K. Hahn's 2005 election defeat. Wong, a Hahn appointee and longtime member of the city's volunteer commissions overseeing city contracts, was found guilty on 14 felony counts. He was found not guilty of seven other corruption charges. The district attorney's office said Wong faces a potential sentence of more than 10 years.
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September 25, 2004 | Jeffrey L. Rabin, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles mayoral candidate Antonio Villaraigosa abruptly canceled a campaign fundraiser last week after learning that the event's co-host was Leland Wong, a former city commissioner whose political activities are being scrutinized by local and federal investigators. "It was inappropriate," Villaraigosa said, to have Wong co-host the event when he is under investigation by the U.S. attorney and the district attorney.
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July 10, 2008 | Victoria Kim, Times Staff Writer
Former Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn, testifying at the only trial stemming from "pay to play" allegations that dogged his administration, said Wednesday that he didn't know whether one of his top commissioners was taking bribes.
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August 24, 2006 | Peter Y. Hong, Times Staff Writer
On the day he was sworn in more than six years ago, Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley pledged to clean up public corruption, repeating a quote from former Dist. Atty. and state Atty. Gen. Evelle Younger: "If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don't have integrity, nothing else matters." Within weeks, he had set up a public integrity division to go after suspected crooked politicians and illegal influence peddlers.
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December 11, 1986 | JANET CLAYTON, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles City Council candidate Leland Wong urged Wednesday that Councilman Richard Alatorre be ousted from the committee that oversees elections, contending that Alatorre's support for a rival candidate in the 1st District special election amounts to "an apparent conflict of interest."
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July 25, 2008 | Garrett Therolf, Times Staff Writer
A jury found former Los Angeles city commissioner Leland Wong guilty of public corruption Thursday, ending a criminal investigation that figured in former Mayor James K. Hahn's 2005 election defeat. Wong, a Hahn appointee and longtime member of the city's volunteer commissions overseeing city contracts, was found guilty on 14 felony counts. He was found not guilty of seven other corruption charges. The district attorney's office said Wong faces a potential sentence of more than 10 years.
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July 11, 2008 | Victoria Kim, Times Staff Writer
A former Los Angeles deputy mayor testified Thursday that ex-city commissioner Leland Wong gave him Lakers tickets and paid for massages that included sexual favors while pressuring him to help a Taiwanese shipping firm obtain a lucrative city port lease. But Troy Edwards, one of former Mayor James K.
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July 10, 2008 | Victoria Kim, Times Staff Writer
Former Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn, testifying at the only trial stemming from "pay to play" allegations that dogged his administration, said Wednesday that he didn't know whether one of his top commissioners was taking bribes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 2008 | Jack Leonard, Times Staff Writer
More than four years after an investigation into "pay-to-play" allegations rocked Los Angeles City Hall, the only trial of a government official in the long-running saga opened Wednesday with prosecutors accusing the former power broker of accepting $100,000 in bribes. Prosecutors told jurors that Leland Wong took the money from Evergreen Group -- a Taipei, Taiwan-based shipping firm -- which was seeking to renegotiate its lease at the Port of Los Angeles.
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June 1, 2007 | Ted Rohrlich, Times Staff Writer
Leland Wong, a power broker in former Mayor James K. Hahn's administration who already is facing bribery charges, was accused Thursday of a felony conflict of interest for voting on a retail concessions contract at Los Angeles International Airport in which he allegedly had a financial stake. Wong was an airport commissioner in 2002, when the vote took place.
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October 4, 2006 | Ted Rohrlich and Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writers
While receiving bribes from a company seeking a new port contract, former Hahn administration power broker Leland Wong repeatedly sought to influence then-Deputy Mayor Troy Edwards by treating him to massages that included sexual favors, prosecutors alleged Tuesday.
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June 9, 1998 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Leland Wong, a member of the city's Harbor Commission, has been nominated for a spot on the Airport Commission board by Mayor Richard Riordan, who intends to replace Wong with controversial former Commissioner Ted Stein, a failed candidate for city attorney in last year's elections. Early Monday, the mayor's office would not confirm or deny reports that Wong was being considered for an opening on the Airport Commission.
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October 4, 2006 | Ted Rohrlich and Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writers
While receiving bribes from a company seeking a new port contract, former Hahn administration power broker Leland Wong repeatedly sought to influence then-Deputy Mayor Troy Edwards by treating him to massages that included sexual favors, prosecutors alleged Tuesday.
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August 24, 2006 | Ralph Frammolino, Times Staff Writer
He became one of the more powerful local figures that the general public never heard of. From Tom Bradley to Richard Riordan to James K. Hahn, Leland Wong curried enough political favor with enough personal style to serve for nearly 14 continuous years on the biggest city commissions. "He was very smooth," said Harvey Englander, a City Hall lobbyist for 20 years. "He's not a guy who brought a lot of attention to himself. He's not a flamboyant guy. He's a very classy guy.
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August 24, 2006 | Peter Y. Hong, Times Staff Writer
On the day he was sworn in more than six years ago, Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley pledged to clean up public corruption, repeating a quote from former Dist. Atty. and state Atty. Gen. Evelle Younger: "If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don't have integrity, nothing else matters." Within weeks, he had set up a public integrity division to go after suspected crooked politicians and illegal influence peddlers.
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