Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

Tax issues of Rep. Hilda Solis' husband reported

February 5, 2009 | 11:16 am

Rep. Hilda Solis (D-El Monte) seemed to be in good shape to be Labor secretary. But new revelations today about her husband's finances might cause a wrinkle. Obama administration officials told USA Today that Solis' husband has repaid $6,400 to settle tax liens that go back 16 years. Details:

The disclosure came shortly before a 2 p.m. meeting of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, which is scheduled to vote on Rep. Hilda Solis' nomination as labor secretary. Los Angeles County records showed 15 outstanding state and county tax liens against Sam Sayyad and his auto repair business, totaling $7,630. Two other liens worth $981 were released in 1999 after Sayyad repaid the taxes owed, according to county records. Solis' financial disclosures list Sayyad's business, Sam's Foreign and Domestic Auto Center, as one of the couple's main assets, worth between $50,000 and $100,000. The disclosure form Solis filed after her nomination also lists bank accounts containing between $250,000 and $500,000.