Some people think that Governor Rod of Illinois is bad.
City Attorney Rocky is worse. His “pay to play” schemes are publicly recorded…and nobody cares.
On March 8, 2006, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office sued a bunch of downtown businesses under eminent domain laws, including the NAACP and Grant Parking. The NAACP doesn’t make campaign contributions to City Officials, but Grant Parking’s owners do.On March 15, 2006, “Californians for Rocky” received $5,600 from one Grant Parking owner and another $5,600 from another Grant Parking owner on March 16. On March 16, 2006, the case was dismissed solely as to Grant Parking. Surprise, surprise!Rocky Delgadillo’s wife got into an accident in a Los Angeles City owned vehicle while her drivers license was suspended and got the City to foot the insurance bill on the vehicle that her husband was supposed to be using. She did business with the City utilizing a corporation that was suspended by the Franchise Tax Board and which didn’t have a City business license or pay city taxes. Nobody bothered to prosecute her when it was publicly exposed.
This is typical municipal behavior in Los Angeles.
Some years ago, the City allowed four suspended corporations all owned by the same Caucasian ex-police officer to have Police Commission permits to run dance hostess clubs. In aggregate, between federal, state, and local tax liens on the corporations and the owner personally, he owed around $13 million in back taxes.
The City didn’t bother him about that, but it did prosecute his Asian competitors’ business after vice-cops went in and offered Latino dance-hostesses $50 for a blow job and claimed that some said “yes.” When you’re a young single mom trying to get through community college on minimum wage, $50 might be the difference between the next meal for your children, the toys you can’t buy them for Christmas, or the school books that could mean the difference between passing and failing. If his competitors had learned the “Pay to Play” game in L.A., i.e., grease politicians with campaign cash, maybe they wouldn’t have been singled out.
More recently, Iranian immigrants in the parking business have been singled out for shake downs by the City government. Many of them get jacked up with repeated audits conducted by an out of state business the City hired while it was a suspended corporation in its home state and had never qualified to do business in California. Most of the Iranians put up with it, but when one stood up for his rights and refused to put up with the so-called auditors (who were in essence conducting illegal unlicensed investigations) repeatedly harassed his customers, employees, impersonated city officials in pretext calls, the City criminally charged him with failing to pay city business taxes and filed two civil suits against him for the same thing.
PS…remember that Rocky’s wife did not get prosecuted for failing to pay City business taxes.
PPS….the guy who’s getting prosecuted by the City has paid millions of dollars in taxes and when the city’s computers crashed, erasing the old account numbers, the city refused to accept payments from his employees since there were no account numbers to apply the payments to. Not to mention that the City is trying to dun him for parking taxes on vacant lots, parking lots owned and operated by his competitors, vacant boarded up buildings, businesses he doesn’t operate which have nothing to do with parking, and even non-existent addresses.
The State Bar Rules preclude attorneys from advancing their cause by means not consistent with the truth, but apparently prosecuting somebody criminally and civilly for failing to pay parking taxes on a print shop or a gas station is okay when you work for the City Attorney’s office in Los Angeles.
It’s better to Pay to Play in L.A.