Ex-LA Official Took Bribes To Save Projects, Ex-Aide Testifies

By Gina Kim (June 17, 2022, 10:27 PM EDT) -- A one-time aide to former Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar testified in a real estate developer's bribery trial Friday, explaining to jurors how his former boss intentionally created regulatory leverage against developers, then extracted bribes to swoop in as a "savior" and help move projects forward in his district.

Jurors who will decide the fate of Los Angeles real estate developer Dae Yong Lee and his company 940 Hill LLC —accused of paying $500,000 in cash bribes to the councilman to block a labor challenge to his development project in downtown — heard from Huizar's former right-hand man and trusted...

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