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Dirty Water: Directors Roybal and Vasquez Major Campaign Donor Rick Mayer Threatened Director Chacon’s Life

By Brian Hews and Brian Hews

A Los Cerritos Community News investigation has revealed that Art Chacon, a Director at the Central Basin Municipal Water District in Commerce, had his life threatened by former convicted felon Rick Mayer just 24 hours prior to a controversial meeting that resulted in the firing of three top executives at the District in January of this year.

In an interview with LCCN on Wednesday from his Commerce home, Chacon said that Mayer, who is the owner of Golden State Consultants and R & M Associates, and who funded Leticia Vasquez’ and James Roybal’s campaigns, came to his home in January.

Mayer handed Chacon a type written document instructing him to vote for the firing of then Acting COO Chuck Fuentes, Attorney Arnold Alvarez Glasman, and Assistant Ronald Belike.

“Rick Mayer came to my home and handed me a piece of paper and instructed me to vote in favor of several items that were appearing on the agenda,” Chacon said.
“After he handed me the document, Mayer told me ‘if I don’t vote this way…remember what happened to that guy in South Gate, and then he looked me in the eye and turned around and walked back to his car,” Chacon said.

Chacon said, “Mayer could have possibly been reminding me of what happened to former South Gate Mayor Henry Gonzalez who was shot in the head after he left a city council meeting.”

The document contained certain agenda items calling to “review, amend or terminate the COO’s position (Chuck Fuentes), the Assistant to the General Manager (Ron Bielke) and the Public Affairs Manager.”

The document also called to “terminate all existing and current contracts to include service providers, consultants and other contracts deemed necessary by board. All contracts then terminated will be reviewed immediately by committee appointed by board president for recommendation for restatement.”

See document here.

Chacon said that he decided to talk about the situation after LCCN called him about the investigation and plans to file a report with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department as early as Thursday morning.

“I got really concerned about my safety, and frankly, I am still scared about what Mayer said to me,” Chacon said.

LCCN called Mayer at Golden State Consultants on Wednesday afternoon to response and as of press time on Thursday he had not responded.

Director James Roybal said that he “had no knowledge” of what “may or may not” have taken place between Chacon and Mayer.

“This is the first time that I have heard about this situation,” Roybal told LCCN on Thursday.

Mayer along with political consultant Angel Gonzalez donated huge sums of money and were the two key figures responsible for getting Vasquez and Roybal elected. According to documents filed with the California Secretary of State’s Office both Vasquez and Roybal owe the two convicted figures more than $40,000 combined.
Vasquez told state officials that she still owes Gonzalez at least $18,399 for campaign signs and mailing costs, more than eight months after being elected last June.
Roybal owes $22,878 to Mayer in expenses.
Los Cerritos Community Newspaper has been told by several sources that both Mayer and Gonzalez could be rewarded for their connections with Vasquez and Roybal by being granted consulting contracts that could bring in hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars.
Since taking office on January 7th, 2013, in less than one month, Roybal and Vasquez joined ranks with long-time Director Bob Apodaca and created a new “voting bloc majority” at Central Basin.

The three changed the Administrative Code and removed President Art Chacon from overseeing the Board just barely one week after he was seated for the position. Roybal is now serving as president of the five-member board.

The three also immediately removed CBMWD Director and Cerritos resident Phil Hawkins from his long held seat on the board of the Metropolitan Water District. Hawkins served as chair of the important Real Estate and Asset Management Special Committee.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe was angered about the recent decision to remove Hawkins from his key slot.
“I’m very upset to see Phil removed from his MWD seat. Phil has been a tireless advocate for the Southeast area on water issues and his tenure means a great deal on such a large Board as the MWD. His experience as Chair of the Real Estate and Asset Management Committee will be missed,” Knabe said.
“When reached by phone, Hawkins was equally as angry, “They removed me for no reason. It’s all about egos. We were doing a good job there; we were actually making money. Roybal was going to take my seat, but his school commitments prevented that, so now Leticia will be taking the seat, and she has zero experience.”
Roybal as president is now in a powerful position, responsible for forming committee, items that will be allowed on the agenda, and what contracts are vetted and reviewed before they come to a vote.



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12 Comments on "Dirty Water: Directors Roybal and Vasquez Major Campaign Donor Rick Mayer Threatened Director Chacon’s Life"

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Barry Jay

Don’t know if I should let my family drink the water that these scumbags are responsible for. If it’s as clean as they are we’ll have lots of sick people in the South Bay.

Steven Seagal

This is the same Rick Mayer that Jason Stinnett is telling people who will be running his Central Basin campaign to take out the very guy Mayer threatens in this story. Mayer ran Roybal and Vasquez’ campaigns too. Unbelievable! Why doesn’t the County just take over Commerce and combine it into East Los Angeles.

Charita Wojtak

oo often, managers do all the talking in a feedback situation, something I like to call the dreaded Manager’s Monologue – and that is guaranteed to cause trouble. It is vital to engage the employee in open dialogue; to seek to understand their thought processes and reasons. If you don’t listen to them, you may not get a clear understanding as to why the employee is behaving in this manner (do they lack skills, knowledge, etc). You will also increase the likelihood that they will not listen to you..

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All these people gripping about Roybal and Chacon(the gang member & convicted crook) saying he’s scared -ppppleasssee. He’s just trying to get the L.A. DA off his behind. Wake up people!

Do you know what the problems is? Lets start with the following? The voters are the blame for this. We keep voting for these low class people. For example in the City of Huntington Park. You have a Mayor that can barely speak english. You have a counsel member who does drugs, but yet he gets elected everytime. John Noguez again a good example of this also. Bottom line people, as long as the voter continues to vote these people in the abuse will never ever stop. Voters! Wake up! We are the problem. We need to vote them out.
Dexter Morgan

Another shoes dropped at Central Basin today!


what are the “consultant” contracts for?

Mike Tyson
Consultant do work for us that we don’t have the expertise for…like designing a computer program or designing a website for example. Some are very legit. And then others are complete hogwash, such as: Tom Calderon’s $11,666 a month. Baldy’s contract is as BS as they come! He literally is paid to find ways to pay other consultants who kick back money to him. It’s insane. The idiot know nothing about water and cares less than that about water. His big accomplishment is finding fools like the old Board to keep paying him. Of course, he accomplishes this by dangling… Read more »
Scott Collins
It is time that we clean this BS up. Where I come from people need to justify their means. Gil Cedillo Sr. has been living off of taxpayers for too long and now his son is doing it. As for the wanna-be Kennedy’s, Calderons, it is time to end their free ride too! Unfortunately, Ian was just elected to the Assembly, but we need to make sure that is the last cancer cell that stays around. We need a water board that works for us and not their cronies. I have spent the last few weeks looking into the Central… Read more »

Mike Tyson thank you for your inside info. Why would you call Bob Apodaca a pervert? Is it because he is pig of a step-father? Is James”Roybal” uncle of the new central basin lawyer Rick , son of congress woman Lucille” Roybal ” Allred?

Roybal Neighbor On Maris
Roybal Neighbor On Maris
About time. This loudmouth has made our lives miserable for decades. He pushed environmental causes down our throats and when many of us tried to explain that we were not interested, he told us that we were stupid Mexicans! He goes on and on about his degrees and how smart he is but he lives in a broken down house with beat up cars in the driveway. He dresses like a total bum and he haul 12 packs of beer into his place 2-3 times a day. I couldn’t believe he got elected, but he makes people believe his degrees… Read more »
Mike Tyson

How can Roybal say that this was the first he heard about the Mayer letter to Chacon when Chacon brought it up at an open meeting on 2-15-13??? This creep is not only dangerous, but a liar as well.

It is obvious that the letter is from Roybal, Apodaca and Vasquez because all those demand actually did happen. The Sheriffs need to check that letter for prints!

Now will the public wake up and speak up. People’s lives are at danger here.. Please help!