Did they know about the revenue and expenses? From (l-r) former Director of Finance Andrew Hamilton, who was recalled from City Council in Lake Forest, Ca. located in southern Orange County, and who’s budget underreported revenue and over reported expenses, Assembly Speaker Rendon, Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, and Rendon’s attorney Alf Brandt, who helped Garcia pass a 2016 bill aimed at Central Basin
BY BRIAN HEWS • October 3, 2020
The battle to take over Commerce-based Central Basin Municipal Water (CB), led on the outside by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), and Rendon’s attorney Alf Brandt, and on the inside by former employee Andrew Hamilton, failed miserably despite a last minute effort from Rendon, who went behind Senate pro tem Tony Atkins’ back, sending a letter to Senate Governance and Finance Chair Mike McGuire to asking to move the bill
The outright privatization attempt, using Garcia’s gut and amend SB 625, was supported by several local competing water companies that a Hews Media Group-Cerritos News investigation found had given thousands to Rendon, Garcia, Assembly Minority Leader Ian Calderon, and the bill’s sponsor Steve Bradford.
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