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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | November 4, 2011
About three years after the city sued a contractor who got about $21 million to build a library, gym and other buildings at Pacific Park, the case has started to thaw in the court system after several subcontractors agreed to settle. Five out of dozens of subcontractors involved in what the city and Glendale Unified School District claim was shoddy construction have agreed to settle for $105,000. The payment is just a drop in the bucket compared to the nearly $6.4 million the city wants as compensation for a blistered and buckling gym floor, leaks at the library and other construction-related issues at the Pacific Park site built by Fedcon General Contractors nearly a decade ago, according to court records.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | November 24, 2013
A developer behind three apartment projects in the works in Glendale is getting heat from a Los Angeles-area union for hiring subcontractors that allegedly don't meet the bargaining group's standards for fair wages and benefits. Carpenters Local 209, which represents concrete workers, has representatives stationed at Brand and Wilson avenues in front of a Holland Partners project holding a white banner that reads "Shame on Mr. Clyde Holland and Holland Partners" and passing out yellow fliers that describe the labor dispute.
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By Brittany Levine, brittnay.levine@latimes.com | August 10, 2011
The City Council approved new campaign finance rules Tuesday night following concerns that contributions may influence decisions on awarding contracts or land-use entitlements. The concerns were ignited by a federal investigation into alleged fraud by Advanced Development & Investment Inc. - a low-income housing developer that allegedly had subcontractors give $100,000 to past City Council campaigns on its behalf. Council members said the new rules will make fundraising more difficult, but the change was the right thing to do in order to restore public trust.
NEWS
August 10, 2011
The City Council approved new campaign finance rules Tuesday night following concerns that contributions may influence decisions on awarding contracts or land-use entitlements. The concerns were ignited by a federal investigation into alleged fraud by Advanced Development & Investment Inc. - a low-income housing developer that allegedly had subcontractors give $100,000 to past City Council campaigns on its behalf. Council members said the new rules will make fundraising more difficult, but the change was the right thing to do in order to restore public trust.
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January 22, 2004
The Glendale City Council found itself with a tough choice about the new police headquarters, and ended up doing about the only thing it could if the city hopes to recoup any of its costs in a future legal action. The council voted 4-1 Tuesday to approve an additional $360,000 for the police headquarters to retain three subcontractors for another six months, this despite the city's dismissal Jan. 13 of the project's general contractor, Ray Wilson Co. The city terminated Wilson's contract after the firm failed to meet two recent deadlines for completing the headquarters, which already is 19 months overdue and nearly $3 million over budget.
NEWS
May 21, 2013
Hang in there Councilman Sinanyan! Why should your comments made on the Internet years ago matter to the public when a conflict of interest by sitting council members went unchallenged at the voting booth in 2013? In 2009, council members Friedman, Najarian and Quintero received thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the subcontractors of Advanced Development and Investment Corp., a public housing company that today continues to be under federal investigation for "pay-to-play" politics.
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By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | April 29, 2011
City Council members this week moved to beef up campaign finance and ethics-related regulations, saying they wanted to eliminate even the appearance of pay-to-play politics. Many candidates during the April 5 election campaign called for strengthening ethics rules in the wake of more than $100,000 that was funneled to past City Council campaigns through a network of subcontractors of Advanced Development and Investment, Inc. as well as from the subcontractors’ family members.
NEWS
February 6, 2004
Josh Kleinbaum More than three weeks after Glendale ended its relationship with Ray Wilson Co., its employees and subcontractors continue to work at the city's new police headquarters. With the $36.4-million project 19 months late and millions of dollars over budget, the city sent a notice last month to Ray Wilson, essentially firing it as the general contractor. The city submitted a claim to AIG, a surety bonding company hired to protect the city against a delinquent contractor.
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By Jessica Garrison and Melanie Hicken and David Zahniser | December 29, 2010
Glendale's housing manager was blunt with his concerns about giving a prominent developer $12.2 million to build low-income housing near the city's downtown. "I strongly recommend ... not funding this project at anywhere near the level currently being requested," Mike Fortney wrote in an April 2008 letter to his boss. Glendale City Council members awarded the money anyway. The following year, they paid an additional $1.7 million for the project, dubbed Vassar City Lights, a five-story stucco building on San Fernando Road.
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By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | July 28, 2011
The City Council this week moved to strengthen campaign finance and ethics regulations in an effort to eliminate even the appearance of inappropriate campaign activities. The move comes after more than $100,000 was funneled to past City Council campaigns through subcontractors - and their family members - who worked for Advanced Development & Investment Inc. City Atty. Scott Howard told the City Council on Tuesday that the draft ordinance establishes so-called “bookends” that span two years.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | November 24, 2013
A developer behind three apartment projects in the works in Glendale is getting heat from a Los Angeles-area union for hiring subcontractors that allegedly don't meet the bargaining group's standards for fair wages and benefits. Carpenters Local 209, which represents concrete workers, has representatives stationed at Brand and Wilson avenues in front of a Holland Partners project holding a white banner that reads "Shame on Mr. Clyde Holland and Holland Partners" and passing out yellow fliers that describe the labor dispute.
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May 21, 2013
Hang in there Councilman Sinanyan! Why should your comments made on the Internet years ago matter to the public when a conflict of interest by sitting council members went unchallenged at the voting booth in 2013? In 2009, council members Friedman, Najarian and Quintero received thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the subcontractors of Advanced Development and Investment Corp., a public housing company that today continues to be under federal investigation for "pay-to-play" politics.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | December 27, 2011
John Drayman's connection to a number of investigations - federal and local - continued to make headlines this year, keeping the former city councilman in the spotlight long after he lost his seat on the dais in April. Investigations into his ties with an affordable housing developer accused of massive fraud and his alleged role in embezzlement of funds from the local farmers market dominated the news cycle this year - a fall-from-grace story that left his voter base in North Glendale bristling.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | November 4, 2011
About three years after the city sued a contractor who got about $21 million to build a library, gym and other buildings at Pacific Park, the case has started to thaw in the court system after several subcontractors agreed to settle. Five out of dozens of subcontractors involved in what the city and Glendale Unified School District claim was shoddy construction have agreed to settle for $105,000. The payment is just a drop in the bucket compared to the nearly $6.4 million the city wants as compensation for a blistered and buckling gym floor, leaks at the library and other construction-related issues at the Pacific Park site built by Fedcon General Contractors nearly a decade ago, according to court records.
THE818NOW
By Brittany Levine, brittnay.levine@latimes.com | August 10, 2011
The City Council approved new campaign finance rules Tuesday night following concerns that contributions may influence decisions on awarding contracts or land-use entitlements. The concerns were ignited by a federal investigation into alleged fraud by Advanced Development & Investment Inc. - a low-income housing developer that allegedly had subcontractors give $100,000 to past City Council campaigns on its behalf. Council members said the new rules will make fundraising more difficult, but the change was the right thing to do in order to restore public trust.
NEWS
August 10, 2011
The City Council approved new campaign finance rules Tuesday night following concerns that contributions may influence decisions on awarding contracts or land-use entitlements. The concerns were ignited by a federal investigation into alleged fraud by Advanced Development & Investment Inc. - a low-income housing developer that allegedly had subcontractors give $100,000 to past City Council campaigns on its behalf. Council members said the new rules will make fundraising more difficult, but the change was the right thing to do in order to restore public trust.
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By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | July 28, 2011
The City Council this week moved to strengthen campaign finance and ethics regulations in an effort to eliminate even the appearance of inappropriate campaign activities. The move comes after more than $100,000 was funneled to past City Council campaigns through subcontractors - and their family members - who worked for Advanced Development & Investment Inc. City Atty. Scott Howard told the City Council on Tuesday that the draft ordinance establishes so-called “bookends” that span two years.
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By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | June 9, 2011
Subcontractors for an affordable housing developer embroiled in a federal fraud investigation said this week that they were questioned by FBI agents about a remodeling job performed on former Councilman John Drayman’s condominium. Ron Chamberlain — whose Orange County-based company D & A Coating & Restoration worked exclusively for the developer, Advanced Development & Investment Inc. — said he turned over records to the FBI about what he termed as off-the-books work at Drayman’s home.
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By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | May 20, 2011
GLENDALE — A subcontractor for Advanced Development & Investment Inc. — an affordable housing developer under federal investigation for fraud — has filed a nearly $100,000 lien on former Glendale City Councilman John Drayman’s condo for not being paid for remodeling work. Glendale-based company National Fire Systems & Services filed the lien on April 25 with the Los Angeles County recorder, citing Drayman’s unpaid $98,222.48 bill for the renovations, which were needed after a pipe burst and caused major flood damage.
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By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | April 29, 2011
City Council members this week moved to beef up campaign finance and ethics-related regulations, saying they wanted to eliminate even the appearance of pay-to-play politics. Many candidates during the April 5 election campaign called for strengthening ethics rules in the wake of more than $100,000 that was funneled to past City Council campaigns through a network of subcontractors of Advanced Development and Investment, Inc. as well as from the subcontractors’ family members.
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