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Times Investigation: L.A. developer got government contracts despite concerns over safety, costs

 Advanced Development and Investment Inc., a Los Angeles-based developer, faces allegations that it defrauded government agencies and may have built potentially unsafe housing for the poor. In recent years, ADI has repeatedly persuaded officials in Glendale, Los Angeles, Sacramento and elsewhere to hand over millions of dollars to complete its projects — even after concerns were raised about cost or quality.

As its projects were being approved, ADI made tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to California politicians. Far larger amounts — more than $300,000 over the last decade, according to a Times analysis of campaign contribution records — came, not directly from ADI, but from the little-known drywallers, electricians and other subcontractors retained by the company to construct its buildings.

ADI is currently the subject of a federal investigation in which at least three of its subcontractors have recently received subpoenas. Four subcontractors told The Times that they were pressured to give to politicians and felt they risked losing future work with ADI if they said no.

Read the full story here.

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You ever notice on 'Scooby Doo' how all of the bad guys were sleazy real estate developers? Well, now you know why....

i'm sure this corruption went beyond the city of glendale. what about the los angeles city council?


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