A testing lab applicant has sued Los Angeles suburb Maywood accusing the city’s mayor of conspiring with other officials to reject his application after he refused to pay a $350,000 bribe.
The suit alleges:
It was in early September 2019… that “to [the plaintiff’s] astonishment” he was approached while performing yardwork in front of his home by an unknown man who told him, “We need $350,000 to move your project forward.”
“The man indicated by pointing toward a black Honda Accord without plates across the street,” the suit states. “The tinted window of the car rolled down and Mendoza recognized the face of [the] Mayor.”
- The mayor and other city officials strongly rebuked the allegations.
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- The L.A.Times looks at the ghastly case of seven apparent murders at an illegal Riverside County grow. WW California has more.
- The Genius Fund, a failed company backed by a now-deceased Russian oligarch which blew through $164M, wants the legal fallout of its case moved to private arbitration.