What happened last week at the City Council meeting, as reported in the Glendale News-Press, was an attempt at misdirection from a significant conflict of interest and an investigation of massive fraud in city contracts.
The L.A. Times and the Glendale News-Press reported in December that subcontractors for affordable-housing developer Advanced Development and Investment and their employees and family members gave to 2009 election candidates Ara Najarian, Frank Quintero, Bob Yousefian and Laura Freidman more than $100,000 in campaign contributions.
Public records show that Councilman John Drayman received more than $8,000 in campaign contributions from several subcontractors of ADI after the April 2007 election. On June 19, city officials for the Glendale Housing Authority (GHA) met with ADI behind closed doors. The following month, the authority agreed to allocate $9.8 million to ADI.