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Water Replenishment District Board Will Pay Director Albert Robles Attorney Fees for Incompatible Office Lawsuit


By Brian Hews

In a stunning vote, the members of the Water Replenishment Board approved in closed session to pay for Director Albert “Lil Al” Robles’ attorney’s fees in defense of the incompatible lawsuit approved by California Attorney General Kamela Harris and filed by Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey.

The Lakewood-based water agency will hire “special counsel” to represent Robles.

Sources are telling HMG CN that Robles himself voted for the expenses, violating conflict of interest laws.

His vote came under vehement protest of WRD’s General Counsel Francisco Leal of Leal-Trejo.

The anticipated attorneys fees and legal battle stem from a resident filing an incompatible office complaint because Robles serves both on the WRD Board and as the city of Carson’s mayor.

The complaint brought a “Quo Warranto” action which is reviewed by California Attorney General Kamela Harris.

Quo warranto is a special form of legal action used to resolve a dispute over whether a specific person has the legal right to hold the public office that he or she occupies.

 

 

Quo warranto is used to test a person’s legal right to hold an office, not to evaluate the person’s performance in the office. For example, a quo warranto action may be brought to determine whether a public official satisfies a requirement that he or she resides in the district; or whether a public official is serving in two incompatible offices.

The action was “approved” which triggered the filing of the lawsuit by Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey.

Under that law, if Robles loses the lawsuit, he would have to give up the last seat he was elected to, which would be Carson mayor.

A former ex-employee of the WRD told HMG-CN, “That shouldn’t be the District’s expense! I understand that Albert voted to approve the expense as well which is completely illegal and once again a conflict of interest. I’m hearing legal counsel did what he could to stop the vote and the General Manager did nothing as usual. WRD has become the place where you save your butt by kissing Lil Albert’s…starting with the GM Robb Whitaker.”

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3 Responses to Water Replenishment District Board Will Pay Director Albert Robles Attorney Fees for Incompatible Office Lawsuit

  1. Justin Thought Reply

    March 18, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Just hilarious how in all negative news article about “Lil Al” and WRD, there is the “anonymous former employee” that has nothing but negative comments about him. There’s also that person that tries to link Albert Robles from South Gate to Albert Robles from Carson as if he’s one in the same to confuse the readers.

    This is not even an issue of corruption because they have never been able link “Lil Al” to anything corrupt, they are simply trying to get him out of politics because he stands up to what he believes and oh yeah, those bullies that try to punk him.

  2. Ginger Johnson Reply

    March 17, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Big Al Robles of South Gate convicted on 31 Federal Counts of corruption tried to have South Gate pay for his defense also in 2003 but Calif. Fair Political Practices came in and nixed that . What was already spent by Albert’s cronies on Council and staff at that time for Big Al’s Attorneys so far, had to be paid back to the City by the Attorneys representing Big Al because of our now renowned great legal mind Raul Salinas who we are fortunate to have representing our City of South Gate since 2003. Albert and his followers were recalled in 2003. Hopefully Carson will do the same for Lil Albert.

  3. Little Marco Reply

    March 16, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    What can we do? DA Jackie Lacey is running unopposed. These crooks all scratch each others backs. Lacy may be prosecuting Lit’ Al, but I’m sure a deal has been cut to hire one of her $$$ supporters as counsel like the massively corrupt John Harris or Leticia Vasquez’ scumbag husband Ron Wilson to represent him so the money goes round and round. There’s no one honest in water or politics anymore. We need Donald Trump to shake these monkeys from their trees! Make America Great Again!

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