MONTROSE — Weeks before Glendale police launched an investigation into allegations that former City Councilman John Drayman had embezzled money from a local organization, the Montrose Shopping Park Assn. began to ratchet up financial oversight of its Sunday farmers market, records and interviews show.
The board of directors on April 7 created a “Harvest Market Oversight Committee,” according to minutes of the meeting. In recent weeks, market vendors say they were briefed on a new procedure for the collection and recording of their weekly cash payments.
And on Tuesday, the board voted to hold a special closed session meeting next week to review the Harvest Market budget and operating procedures.
Board members for the association either could not be reached or declined requests for interviews. And Glendale police, who served a search warrant on Drayman’s condominium on May 17, have declined to divulge the organization involved in the investigation.
The weekly market, which was organized and championed by a small group of Montrose tenants, including Drayman, who say it attracts new business to the area, has become a financial black hole for the shopping park association.