City asked to pay

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WEST COVINA – An attorney for City Councilman Roger Hernandez is asking the city pay legal fees the councilman incurred in an investigation of his failure to file papers for a gift from a car dealer.“I believe that it would be in the best interest of all concerned, including the City of West Covina, that Councilman Hernandez be represented in this matter at public expense,” Hernandez’s attorney, Robert Corrado, wrote to West Covina City Attorney Arnold Glasman.Mayor Shelley Sanderson said the council planned to discuss Hernandez’s request during a closed session during tonight’s council meeting.“I have an opinion, but, because it’s a closed session, it’s probably best I wait to hear from the other council members and see if there is any more information,” she said.Prosecutors from the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office allege Hernandez got an $11,000 discount on a 2004 Chevy Tahoe he bought in December 2003 from Clippinger Chevrolet, whose president is Ziad Alhassen.Hernandez in March voted to approve a $3.5 million redevelopment deal with Alhassen, which included a $500,000 reduction in debt city officials say Alhassen owed the city.In an affidavit, prosecutors say Hernandez should have listed the discount as a gift on government filing forms.Hernandez, who bought the Tahoe for about $21,000, down from the original $34,000, claimed the vehicle was damaged during 2003 attacks on Clippinger Chevrolet by members of an extremist environmental group. ben.baeder@sgvn.com(626) 962-8811, Ext. 2703last_img

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