Freedom of Information Is Supreme

Vernon

The dates at the beginning of the listings are approximate. Access to the links may be restricted. Go here for a list of all names in this site.

1943: Mayor John B. Leonis, indicted on a charge he voted illegally in Vernon although his actual residence was in Los Angeles. The indictment was quashed by a judge who said the evidence was insufficient to produce a verdict of guilty.

“Vernon Vote Case Beaten,” Los Angeles Times, November 18, 1943, page A-1

1979: City Attorney David B. Brearley and City Administrator Bruce V. Malkenhorst Sr., indicted by a grand jury and accused of bribery and conspiracy during contract negotiations with city firefighters. Charges were dismissed by a Superior Court judge for lack of evidence.

“Charges Won’t Be Refiled Against Vernon Officials,” Los Angeles Times, June 14, 1979, page 24

2006–11: City Administrator Bruce V. Malkenhorst Sr., who pleaded guilty in May 2011 to illegally using public money to pay for golf outings, massages and meals.

Tony Saavedra, “Ex-Vernon Official Pleads Guilty, Avoids Jail,” Orange County Register, May 27, 2011

2009: Former Mayor Leonis Malburg, convicted of conspiracy and voter fraud in claiming to live in Vernon when he actually lived in Los Angeles. Sentenced in January 2010 to five years’ probation and ordered to pay $579,000 in fines and restitution. Similar charges against Malburg had been dismissed by a Superior Court judge in June 1979.

Jack Leonard and Hector Becerra, “Vernon’s Ex-Mayor and His Wife Are Convicted of Voter Fraud,” Los Angeles Times, December 5, 2009

“Charges Won’t Be Refiled Against Vernon Officials,” Los Angeles Times, June 14, 1979, page 24]

2010 and before: City Administrator Donal O’Callaghan, faced with a grand jury indictment charging him with two counts of conflict of interest and one count of public-officer crimes, accused of getting a contract for his wife to work as a $40-an-hour bookkeeper for the city.

He pleaded guilty to felony conflict-of-interest charges and resigned from his position at Vernon City Hall.

Hector Becerra and Sam Allen, “Plan to Disband Vernon Gains Steam,” Los Angeles Times, October 27, 2010

“Former Vernon City Administrator Indicted on Three Felony Counts,” EGPNews.com., October 21, 2010

“Ex-Vernon Leader Pleads Guilty in Public Corruption Case,” Los Angeles Times, July 15, 2011


Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: