LA Times Uncovers Amerland Group / Council member Cardenas Connection
When Ruben Islas, Jules Arthur and their San Diego based Amerland Group arrived downtown they were met with open arms. Without question, dollars were funneled in their direction as they paraded a solid wall of prestigious supporters before a mayor appointed Community Redevelopment Agency [CRA] board. LAPD Captain Andy Smith, Richard Montoya of Culture Clash, Council-members Perry & Cardenas, just to name a few of the “dignitaries” in attendance.
In one particular CRA hearing–Council-members Cardenas & Perry waited hours to give Amerland Group the firm backing of their offices–it became clear that the majority of people & organizations that supported Amerland had a financial incentive to do so. LA CAN did extensive digging and released a story in their March/April 2008 Community Connection that began to show a disturbing pattern. It appeared, in the cases of Council-members Huizar & Cardenas, that campaign & special contributions coincided with their favorable votes for Amerland Group project’s.
On July 10, 2008 Tibby Rothman of the Los Angeles Weekly would also release a story similar to LA CAN’s Community Connection article further delving into the questionable activities by council-members in what appeared to be a “pay to play” scheme.
Now, David Zahniser of the Los Angeles Times, has released yet another story pointing to questionable relationships between Tony Cardenas, Amerland Group and their hiring of his step daughter. We leave it to you to be the judge but we believe that something fishy continues to go on here.
Buckle your seat belts because this story surely will not stop here.