Tuesday, May 24, 2011

L.A. TIMES: District Attorney Opens Investigation Into Villaraigosa's Top L.A. Housing Authority Apointee (Conflict of Interest)

[Ever hear me talk about "conflicts of interest" in the housing departments, where people working for the departments also work for other companies that do business with the department? Here's Mayor Antonio Douchebagaraigosa's TOP L.A. Housing Appointee. Wonder if he gets a "taste?" Villar's pension cronies are ALSO under investigation. But that's a SEPARATE investigation. Scroll this blog for THAT post. Plus, another investigation. I'm covering at least FOUR investigations into Villaraigosa's City Hall. Eventually, the trail will have no where else to go...DID THIS LITTLE DOUCHEBAG, ELEVATOR-SHOE, WEARING, PUNK APPOINT ANYONE WHO IS NOT UNDER INVESTIGATION? IS VILLARAIGOSA'S LEGACY GOING TO BE THAT OF A CONVICTED CROOK OF A FELON? Keep watching...]

L.A. housing official is focus of district attorney's inquiry

Prosecutors are looking into whether housing authority board President Beatriz Stotzer's work for a firm that manages apartments for affordable housing developers violates conflict-of-interest rules.

L.A. County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley's office and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development are looking into the private work done by L.A. housing authority President Beatriz Stotzer. (Lawrence K. Ho, Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley has opened a conflict-of-interest inquiry into Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's top appointee at the city's housing authority, officials said Monday.

Cooley's Public Integrity Division is trying to determine whether housing authority board President Beatriz Stotzer violated state laws as a result of her private work for New Capital LLC, a company that manages apartments for affordable housing developers, Deputy Dist. Atty. Max Huntsman said.

Meanwhile, the federal Housing and Urban Development Department, which provides most of the housing authority's $1-billion annual budget, confirmed that it was conducting its own review of Stotzer, who also serves as president of New Economics For Women, a low-income housing developer.

James Todak, special agent in charge of HUD's office of inspector general, said his agency was "aware of the concerns about whether Stotzer owns or manages" properties that receive federal rent subsidies and was working with the housing authority to "address the issue." Todak declined to comment on specifics but noted that, according to HUD policy, housing authority board members are "not supposed to" own or manage so-called Section 8 properties.

Both inquiries are examining Stotzer's multiple roles. She is president of the city's public housing authority, which distributes federal rent vouchers, while also serving as the unpaid board president at New Economics and another nonprofit group, West Valley Community Development Corp. Both groups develop affordable housing.

Complicating matters further, Stotzer is also chief executive at New Capital, which performs work for, and is partly owned, by New Economics for Women.

Cooley's inquiry into Stotzer was launched in response to a private complaint. An inquiry is pursued to determine whether prosecutors have enough evidence to suggest that a crime may have been committed.

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HERE'S TODAY'S L.A. CITY NEWS for 5/24/11 - A lot of stories.

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