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By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | May 17, 2011
Former City Councilman John Drayman is under investigation for allegedly embezzling money from an unnamed organization in which he had an active role, a Glendale police official confirmed Tuesday. Police served a search warrant for his Montrose condo Tuesday but would not say when the alleged embezzlement took place, how much money was involved, or at which organization. Drayman did not return calls seeking comment. Officials said the investigation was not related to Advanced Development Investments Inc., an affordable housing developer under federal investigation for fraud whose subcontractors performed renovations on Drayman’s condo.
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By Jason Wells, Veronica Rocha and Brittany Levine, Times Community News | May 8, 2012
Former Councilman John Drayman was indicted Tuesday on charges that he embezzled at least $304,000 from the weekly farmers market in Montrose. In a 28-count grand jury indictment unsealed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, prosecutors also allege that Drayman committed perjury when he excluded earnings sources on Fair Political Practices forms, submitted a bogus credit application in 2010 to a mortgage lender and falsified tax returns to...
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By Brittany Levine brittany.levine@latimes.com | September 6, 2011
Former Councilman John Drayman's permit debacle regarding his 2010 condominium renovations continues after city inspectors last week told him he has to tear larger holes in his walls and might need to submit a third permit. It was the latest in a series of corrections to his original construction documentation as the city works to bring his condo into compliance. “He's getting up there in fees, and he's not done yet,” said City Building Inspector Stuart Tom. Drayman's house was remodeled last year without proper permits, causing the city to demand inspections of his home.
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November 15, 2012
Former Councilman John Drayman's criminal case was pushed back yet again Thursday after he was assigned a new public defender who asked for more time to get a handle on embezzlement, forgery and other allegations. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephen A. Marcus pushed Drayman's next court date to Feb. 5, but the earliest he said he could schedule a trial would be April. “This is sort of a simple case,” Marcus said in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Thursday. “We won't be doing this forever.” An April trial would be nearly a year after Drayman was indicted by a grand jury for allegedly embezzling at least $304,000 over the course of about seven years from the weekly farmers market in Montrose, the proceeds of which benefit the shopping park association.
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February 5, 2013
Former City Councilman John Drayman's criminal trial was delayed yet again Tuesday in order to give his public defender more time to review evidence, but the judge made clear his desire to have proceedings start later this year. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephen A. Marcus said that although he would give Deputy Public Defender Sean McDonald a few more months to prepare, he didn't want the case to linger for another year. “I don't see this as being the most complicated case compared to some others on my calendar,” Marcus said.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | May 14, 2013
Former City Councilman John Drayman - indicted on embezzlement, fraud and more than two dozen other charges last year - will have to wait two more months before finding out when he'll get his day in court.  Drayman, who maintains his innocence, said after a pre-trial hearing Tuesday morning at a courthouse in downtown Los Angeles that he is looking forward to the trial. “I'm kind of anxious to get there,” he said. Drayman was indicted by a grand jury in May 2012 for allegedly embezzling at least $304,000 over the course of about seven years from the weekly farmers market in Montrose, the proceeds of which benefit the quaint shopping area along Honolulu Street.
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February 1, 2003
Gary Moskowitz Shoppers who stop by the Harvest Market in Montrose this weekend will have to weave their way through swing dancers doing the Jitterbug. The Montrose Shopping Park Assn. will host the Montrose Senior Prom from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, but this is a different kind of prom. It's open to seniors 60 and over. "It should be a hoot," Whites Gallery owner Linda Strack said. "It would be fabulous if they all wore ball gowns, but they don't have to. This is our first senior prom ever, so we just hope people enjoy the music and have fun."
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November 5, 2013
Someone poured acid on three vehicles parked in a south Glendale garage on Friday, police said. No one has been arrested in connection with the incident, which officers believe may have occurred between 8 p.m. Thursday and 4 a.m. Friday. The acid was poured on vehicles that were being stored in the locked parking garage. -- Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com Follow on Google+ and on Twitter: @VeronicaRochaLA . ALSO: Glendale finds a way to pay for Laemmle Lofts project Drayman trial delayed again Armed, masked men reportedly held up Glendale Citibank
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By Jennifer Berry | May 19, 2006
The face of the Montrose Shopping Park is always changing. Businesses move out, and others move in. It recently reached 100 percent occupancy for the first time in 25 years and has appeared in television shows because of the trendy vibe coming from some of the new restaurants' glass facades and awnings. The Montrose Preservation Coalition isn't against change. The group of homeowners, residents and businesspeople was born out of what it perceives as a threat to the quaint character and historic architecture of the place many call Mayberry.
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By Max Zimbert | February 21, 2010
About 10,000 people were estimated to have attended Montrose’s 97th birthday party Sunday, organizers said. The day of food, moon bounces, shopping, pony rides and petting zoos is a homecoming for many retired merchants and families, Glendale City Councilman John Drayman said. “The reason we created this event is to reinforce the sense of community in Crescenta Valley,” he said. “It’s unique in Glendale. Events that have history help connect new residents with some of the older residents in the community.
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April 19, 2014
Less than two weeks ago, locals who felt betrayed by the actions of John Drayman, the disgraced former Glendale councilman convicted of embezzlement, were able to take a small amount of satisfaction when a judge labeled him a crook and sentenced him to a year in jail . After all, Drayman had pleaded guilty to perjury, filing false tax returns and to the most egregious of the charges against him, the theft of at least $304,000 from the Montrose Shopping...
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April 18, 2014
On April 15, the cell door opened at the L.A. County jail, and prisoner Number 3918384, known to some of you as John Drayman, oozed out into the pavement, having served approximately eight days of a 365-day sentence. This is an unsupervised custody release, but our Johnny is supposed to wear an electric monitor until Sept. 28, 2014. How did we get to this situation? After months of delay, and all types of attempted bargains, the mountain of evidence against John Drayman led him to agree to a 365-day jail term, which the trial judge felt was outrageously light, but agreed to. Drayman was hardly in his cell when the prosecuting attorney stated that he could cut 78 days off with “good behavior.” The next day the sheriff put out an announcement that, due to overcrowding, Drayman could be out on Sept.
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By Brittany Levine and By Brittany Levine | April 18, 2014
When former Councilman John Drayman begins his five years of probation, expected to begin next month, the first meetings he has with the Los Angeles County Probation Office will include a thorough review of his assets and liabilities to determine how much he will pay monthly toward his $319,000 in restitution. "They look at everything," said Reaver Bingham, deputy chief of field services at Los Angeles County Probation Department, referring to the general process for the financial evaluations.
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April 17, 2014
Good morning, readers. Today is Thursday, April 17. Forecasters predict a high of 73 degrees and a low of 57 with patchy fog throughout the day in the Glendale region. The top headlines in your area this morning : To the shock of some victims of his embezzlement scheme, former Councilman John Drayman's was assigned to serve the remainder of his time in custody - an expected total of six weeks - in home confinement, after spending just eight days in jail . Originally, Drayman was sentenced last week to serve one year behind bars, but once he was in custody, his projected release date was slashed in half.
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By Brittany Levine and Dan Evans and By Brittany Levine and Dan Evans | April 16, 2014
Victims of former Councilman John Drayman's embezzlement scheme said they were shocked on Wednesday to learn the convicted felon would serve the remainder of his time in custody - an expected total of six weeks - in home confinement, after spending just eight days in jail. Originally, Drayman was sentenced last week to serve one year behind bars , but once he was in custody, his projected release date was slashed in half . It was cut once again Wednesday afternoon. “We spent three years working with the police and the district attorney's office trying to bring this man to justice and there's no justice,” said Dale Dawson, business administrator for the Montrose Shopping Park Assn., the organization from which Drayman had been accused of stealing more than $304,000 over seven years.
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April 16, 2014
A former Glendale councilman who was sentenced last week to one year in jail after pleading guilty to embezzlement, perjury and filing false tax returns will instead serve the remainder of this time under home confinement. After being sentenced, John Drayman was assigned to the Twin Towers jail facility in downtown Los Angeles. But L.A. County Sheriff's officials almost immediately cut his term by more than half, noting  nonviolent and nonsexual criminals are eligible for the reduction under state prison realignment guidelines meant to reduce inmate overcrowding.
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April 9, 2014
Good morning, readers! Today is Wednesday, April 9, 2014. The high is predicted to reach 86 and low 58 in the Glendale region. These are the top headlines in your area this morning: Former Councilman John Drayman, who has been convicted of embezzlement , is expected to be released from Los Angeles County jail on Sept. 26, which would cut the one-year sentence he received on Monday roughly in half.   The release of a refrigerant material used to cool items at a Ralphs grocery store in Glendale caused evacuation of the store on Tuesday afternoon, and an estimated $50,000 in damage, authorities said.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | April 8, 2014
Former Councilman John Drayman, who has been convicted of embezzlement, is expected to be released from Los Angeles County jail on Sept. 26, which would cut the one-year sentence he received on Monday roughly in half. His time behind bars could be shortened even more if he takes educational classes, serves food or takes other jobs in the jail, said Nicole Nishida, a public information officer with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, on Tuesday after Drayman's projected release date was posted on the sheriff's website.
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April 8, 2014
Good morning, readers! Today is Tuesday, April 8, 2014. The high is predicted to reach 90 and low 59 in the Glendale region. These are the top headlines in your area this morning: Former Councilman John Drayman was shaking as he was handcuffed in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Monday morning after he was sentenced to one year in Los Angeles County jail. Before sentencing former Mayor John Drayman to one year in county jail for embezzling money from a local farmer's market, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephen Marcus compared Drayman to other public officials who have made recent headlines for corruption-related charges . The 66-year-old man who died last week during a massage at a Glendale spa still wasn't identified and the cause of death remains pending , according to Los Angeles County Coroner's officials.
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April 7, 2014
Before sentencing former Councilman John Drayman to one year in county jail for embezzling money from a local farmer's market, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephen Marcus compared Drayman to other public officials who have made recent headlines for corruption-related charges. “In our world today, especially recently, every time you open the newspaper, you see politicians ripping off the public,” Marcus said, making specific references to the city of Bell scandal and the indictment last week of California Sen. Leland Yee. “And now we have Mr. Drayman who is now part of this landscape.” PHOTOS: Former Glendale Councilman John Drayman sentenced Drayman pled guilty last month to three felony counts : embezzlement, filing false tax returns and perjury.
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