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Drayman denies claim that ADI did condo renovation

National Fire claims the developer oversaw the embattled former councilman's project.

July 08, 2012|By Brittany Levine,
  • National Fire Systems & Services claims ADI was involved with the controversial condominium project of former councilman John Drayman.
National Fire Systems & Services claims ADI was involved… (Raul Roa / Staff…)

National Fire Systems & Services — whose remodel of former Councilman John Drayman's condominium continues to drag out in court over claims of nonpayment — is claiming that the firm actually in charge of the project was the affordable housing developer accused of bilking Glendale and other cities out of tens of millions of dollars.

If true, the claim — listed for the first time in recent Los Angeles County Superior Court records — would bolster the case that Drayman knew National Fire was working for the developer, Advanced Development and Investment Inc., at the same time he was sitting on the City Council and thus able to influence the firm's agreements with the city.

Drayman, reached by phone Friday, denied that ADI worked as his general contractor.

“This is a diversion, all at the last second,” he said.

ADI, which had several projects in South Glendale supported by Drayman, allegedly cheated Glendale out of millions of dollars via false and inflated construction bills.


In recent court filings, National Fire claims ADI and its construction arm, Pacific Housing Diversified, “was the general contractor involved in every aspect of the renovation/repairs to [Drayman's condo], including, but not limited to, designing, selecting subcontractors, managing personnel on site, purchasing necessary material, retaining direction and control over all aspects of the project and directly dealing with [Drayman].”

Drayman's civil attorney, Marie Berglund, responded in her own court filings that National Fire has showed no proof that ADI was the general contractor. Rather, National Fire acted as a general contractor without a license and “illegally recorded an invalid mechanic's lien.”

National Fire and Drayman remain locked in a battle over payment for the extensive remodel.

The company filed a $98,000-lien in April 2011, about 200 days after Drayman says he stopped the project. But mechanic's liens must be filed within 90 days of the project completion date, and National Fire claims it filed the paperwork on time.

National Fire wants about $212,000, plus interest, for the remodel, but Drayman has only paid about $117,000 and refuses to pay more.

Glendale has sued ADI for fraud, alleging that the company falsified bills for several affordable housing projects.

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