I think you’re on the right track and if you’re paying attention Sheriff Alex Villanueva is simply following the billions of dollars being siphoned from Metro like precious water during a drought. And like Picasso he is painting a picture of a well devised scheme where elected officials divert taxpayer money to themselves, developers and consultants.
In nearby Inglewood, we see the council spending funds procured through Metro for the transit connector project that has yet to be fully funded. Over $3 million of Inglewood taxpayer dollars have already been doled out to consultants while the City waits with bated breath for Metro to reimburse.
Basically what you have here, on a broader scope, is a coordinated racketeering of federal, state, and local tax funds being circulated and re-circulated amongst a small but powerful group of politicians who wear the stench of greed and corruption like a cheap perfume .
I mean poverty pimping isn’t new, but the corruption by these group of politicians who have operated with impunity for years, with seemingly the blessing and consent of state and local authorities, and most notably the person occupying the office at 211 West Temple Street Suite 1200 in downtown Los Angeles is dizzying. For those that don’t know the address off the top of their head, it’s the District Attorney’s office.
Need further proof? Let’s consider that most corruption cases, that include corruption and malfeasance, have been prosecuted by the FBI and the Department of Justice not the person occupying suite 1200 in the Hall of (In)Justice.
Are you telling me that the DOJ can find a way to convict these obvious, criminally inept politicians and Jackie Lacey and George Gascon can’t?
As I write this I’m reading the coverage of Mark Ridley-Thomas’ buddy from USC, Marilyn Flynn, pleading guilty to federal bribery charges he’s attached to. How many times has the DA’s office rejected complaints by the public and/or investigations by authorities deeming the material didn’t prove “criminal conduct beyond a reasonable doubt” only for the feds to find merit with those elements?
The public has lost count.
Something is amiss and former Metro CEO Phil Washington’s unexpected exit to Denver, before the completion of many major projects (Crenshaw/LAX line they keep holding photo ops at) should raise a red flag. Why? The reason the board brought him in was because of his record in Denver of completing large construction projects ahead of schedule and under budget.
Think about it. The LAX modernization could end up over budget and possibly delayed because of chain supply and staffing shortage issues, and the Inglewood Transit Connector project is still about $1 billion short by today’s estimate due to inflation, and how many more rail expansions are in the works that began under Washington?
Metro recently began holding photo ops along the Crenshaw/LAX K-Line for what? They can never tell us when its going to open.
Additionally, Sheila Keuhl’s glowing letter of recommendation to the Denver city council, on behalf of Washington is jarring considering revelations revealed in the search warrant released by the Sheriff’s department and the allegations made by the Metro whistleblower leads me to believe, without a shadow of a doubt, that Phil Washington awarded Peace over Violence this ridiculous sex hotline contract to win favor with Sheila Keuhl and intentionally circumvent the process so she wouldn’t be publicly attached to it since she’s a member of the nonprofits advisory board.
Metro settled with the whistleblower for $500,000.
How silly did Kuehl sound telling Fox News she didn’t know about POV receiving the contract when emails from her own office provide the needle in the haystack that connects her?
This is corruption at its finest.