Downtown Los Angeles Development, Jose Huizar and the Bishop Mora Salesian High School Slush Fund

What follows is purely speculative quarantine spitballing.

As politically obsessed Los Angeles reads the tea leaves of the slow drip, drip, drip of Federal charging documents and plea agreements in the ongoing FBI public corruption investigation, anticipating the blast of information that will finally explain how this city got so far off the rails and who steered the train, we find ourselves wondering…

Why did Jose Huizar direct so many Downtown L.A. real estate developers, billboard companies, lobbyists, construction firms and lawyers to donate to his alma mater, Bishop Mora Salesian High School in Boyle Heights, a private college prep institution with only 400 students? Have all donations from developers been reported, or did some come in the form of stacks of cash in a liquor box? Why did his wife Richelle Rios (Ramona Convent Secondary School, class of ’87), a non-practicing attorney, work in the school’s development office from July 2012 to January 2016?

Is it possible that untraceable donated funds from entities seeking Jose Huizar’s PLUM Committee and City Council support for lucrative projects was used to pay off former students seeking compensation for abuse suffered at the hands of pedophile priests and brothers of the Salesian Order who were shuttled between California schools for decades, as detailed in this December 2019 CNN investigation?

Justin Jangwoo Kim’s plea agreement shows that just one corrupt Jose Huizar land use vote came at the price of $500,000. There could easily be tens of millions moving around Huizar’s transactional chess board.

So, where did all that money go? Is the answer back home in Boyle Heights?


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