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Los Angeles lobbyist received big legal contract from Huntington Park

August 13, 2010 | 12:14 pm

The city of Bell is not the only place in Southeast Los Angeles that awards large contracts to city officials.

La Opinion reported Thursday that the city of Huntington Park paid its city attorney, Francisco Leal, more than $500,000 last year. (The link above is to an imperfect English translation of the LA Opinion article. You can read the original, Spanish-language version here.)

Leal is also a registered lobbyist in Sacramento. His firm lobbies for Huntington Park, and has received $57,000 from the city between January 2009 and June 2010. Leal also lobbies for the cities of Cudahy and Lynwood.

Leal's firm has received a total of $184,000 from local governments for lobbying services since January 2009.

--Anthony York in Sacramento

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