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Campaign cash complaint headed to D.A.
Allegations that Santa Monica Mayor Pam O’Connor accepted illegal campaign contributions from developers whose projects she voted to approve have been referred to the Public Integrity Division of the L.A. County District Attorney’s office, Santa Monica City Attorney Marcia Moutrie said.
The Transparency Project, a local activist group with ties to slow-growth O’Connor opponents Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City, filed a complaint on Oct. 8 that detailed 24 contributions that potentially violate the Santa Monica Taxpayer Protection Amendment.
Also known as the Oaks Initiative, the 2000 voter-approved law prohibits city officials from accepting campaign cash from those to whom they have awarded public contracts or land use approvals.
Moutrie said referring the case to the D.A.’s office does not imply her office has reached any conclusions about the allegations.
“Any complaint against a council member or city official we routinely forward to the district attorney,” Moutrie said.
City campaign finance records show that O’Conner voted in favor of the Hines Lantana Media Campus and two other projects before accepting contributions from executives of companies affiliated with those projects.
O’Connor told The Argonaut earlier this month that she may have made mistakes because she did not employ a full-time treasurer, but characterized the accusations as politically motivated.
Playa Vista man accused of child molestation
A 38-year-old man accused of sexually molesting a 13-year-old boy he met online was arrested on Oct. 17 at the man’s Playa Vista home, according to police.
Andrew “Andy” Cabrera allegedly molested the teen at his apartment in August after driving him there from Hermosa Beach, Hermosa Beach police office Mick Gaglia said.
Gaglia said Cabrera is a registered sex offender.
Cabrera has been charged with sodomy of a person under 14 and lewd acts upon a child.
The investigation began after the boy’s father discovered suspicious emails on a family computer and contacted police, Gaglia said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Hermosa police Det. Dean Garkow at (310) 318-0348.
MdR post office on the move
The U.S. Postal Service is taking public input on the pending relocation of the Marina del Rey Branch Post Office from its 4766 Admiralty Way location in the Waterside at Marina del Rey shopping complex.
The shopping center decided in February to terminate the post office’s lease, USPS spokesman Richard Maher told The Argonaut at the time.
Relocating the branch office will not affect PO box numbers, retail hours or services provided, according to postal officials.
The post office is taking written comments about concerns related to the move. Mail comments to: USPS Facilities – Pacific Area, c/o Dean Cameron, 1300 Evans Ave., Ste. 200, San Francisco CA 94188-8200.
Gas Co. vandal sentenced
The man who caused the February natural gas leak at the Southern California Gas Co. facility in Playa del Rey by commandeering a work truck and ramming it into a valve pleaded guilty on Oct. 20 to one count each of arson, grand theft auto, unlawful taking of a vehicle and vandalism.
James Viramonte Cogley, 23, faced up to five years in prison. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Drew Edwards gave him a five-year suspended sentence and five years of probation.