|KNX News Radio reports:
"Vernon Corruption Probe Leads to Sex
Charges Against Mayor's Son"
"The son of the mayor of Vernon pleaded not guilty to
child sexual abuse, the latest in a string of charges
stemming from a corruption probe in the small industrial
John Joseph Malburg, 37, the son of Mayor Leonis
Malburg, was charged with multiple counts of child sexual
abuse, possession of child pornography and using a
minor for sex acts while dean of students at an area
Catholic high school."
Earlier this week, prosecutors filed voter-fraud charges
against the mayor, his wife and his son while a former
city administrator was accused of bilking $60,000 in
public money to pay for massages, golf outings, dinners
and other personal uses.
Critics have long depicted Vernon as a city beyond the
law, where a cadre of officials used election
shenanigans, secrecy and thuggery to maintain control
while reaping the spoils of power."
|Watch Southeast Mayors - Saturday, November 18, 2006
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|City of Bell's George Cole in Secret Talks to Annex
Vernon Mayor Indicted by D.A.
Public Corruption Charges for Voter
Huntington Park, CA - Another of Mayor
Villaraigosa's Council of Mayors has been indicted
on public corruption charges.
AB 1381, the LAUSD take-over Assembly Bill
passed recently, gives specific powers to the
Southeast Council of Mayors in the cities of Bell,
Cudahy, Huntington Park, Maywood, South Gate
and Vernon, thanks to efforts by Mayor
Villaraigosa, Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez and
Senator Martha Escutia.
According to a report by Hector Becerra in the L.A.
Times, Vernon's long-time mayor and the city's
ex-city manager were indicted on Wednesday by
the D.A.'s office.
Vernon could loose its city charter and the State
would have to intervene. Angling to annex Vernon
is George Cole, the de facto bully of the southeast
Cole's friends in the State Legislature can make it
happen, just like they did for Cole with AB 1381.
Huntington Park's ex-mayor Edward Escareno was
convicted 1 year ago for Grand Theft, a felony.
Escareno was the campaign manager for current
Mayor John Noguez. Both Noguez and Escareno
are proteges of Rosario Marin. Marin was an
ex-councilmember in Huntington Park, former U.S.
Treasurer, now head of California's Consumer
Affairs Department, a political appointment.