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BREAKING: HMG Article Results in Resignation of Central Basin Director Dan Arrighi

 

BY BRIAN HEWS • JUNE 28, 2020

Hews Media Group-Cerritos News has learned that Central Basin appointed Director Dan Arrighi will be resigning his seat effective tomorrow.

The resignation came just one hour after HMG published an article related to John Oskoui, another appointed Central Basin Director.

Both directors were appointed under Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia’s controversial AB 1794, which passed in 2016.

The article reported on a letter that was submitted to the Los Angeles County District Attorney asking to investigate the obvious incompatible office position Oskoui holds.



Oskoui is the assistant city manager for the city Downey, and a director at Central Basin; Downey is a customer of Central Basin.

If the DA finds Oskoui in violation, by law he loses his $322,000 a year job as Assistant City manager in Downey.

That is likely the reason why Arrighi is resigning, he does not want to lose his job, along with another article HMG recently published.

 

 

 

 

Arrighi works for San Gabriel Valley Water, a water agency that an exclusive HMG article found gave thousands to politicians who are pushing AB 625, a gut and amend bill that would place Central Basin into receivership.

Those elected officials included AB 625 author Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, and Ian Calderon.

Arrighi’s company gave Garcia-

  • $4,700 in 2012
  • $4,700 in 2014
  • $3,000 in 2016
  • $2,500 in 2018
  • and just recently gave $2,000 in 2020.

SGVW gave Speaker Rendon $5,600 from 2014-2016 and gave Calderon $6,500 from 2014-2018.

But SGVW did not stop at the individual level, donating money to PAC’s that would eventually support Garcia, Rendon, and Calderon.

One was Consumers for Clean Water, who took in $22,100 from SGVW.

This is the second appointed board member to resign under a cloud, the first was Frank Heldman who resigned last year when HMG exclusively revealed that he had tried to secure business for his own company – Liberty Water –  while Central Basin took a backseat.

The same report caught Heldman leaving crucial financial items off his Statement of Economic Interest Form 700.

And, similar to Arrighi’s company, Heldman’s employer, Liberty Water, gave thousands to PAC’s supporting Garcia, Rendon, and Calderon.

The resignation will leave only six members on Central Basin’s Board, which gives a solid majority to a group that is trying to professionally run the Commerce-based agency.

Andrew Hamilton

President Leticia Vasquez, Vice President Art Chacon, and Directors Phil Hawkins and Martha Camacho Rodriguez have been trying to conduct regular business but Directors Bob Apodaca, Oskoui, and Arrighi have been blocking their efforts by not attending board meetings.

There is  also a group of employees inside of Central Basin that are helping Apodaca and company, pulling agenda items without telling the group, cutting off Zoom board meetings, even locking the building so no directors can enter.

Their leader is Andrew Hamilton, who was recalled from the Lake Forest City Council a city located in Orange County, California.

 

 

 

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3 Responses to BREAKING: HMG Article Results in Resignation of Central Basin Director Dan Arrighi

  1. Mark from Pico Reply

    June 28, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    Word has it that Arrighi resigned because of the heat San Gabriel Valley Water was getting from their extremely close ties with Ron and Tom Calderon.

    Most have forgotten that SGVW was home-base for the Calderon Brother’s of Corruption and the attention Arrighi was bringing to the agency wasn’t appreciated.

    This ties back to Bob “the abuser” Apodaca too.

  2. Bert Rodriquez Reply

    June 28, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    Couldn’t agree more Mark. Dan Arrighi is dumber than dumb anyways. He won’t be missed. Arrighi’ s the perfect example of how everybody needs a “ask no questions” monkey on staff. It’s amazing he’s avoided jail as SGVW during their Calderon-era was a corrupt as they get. The Calderon Brothers stole hundred’s of thousand’s and Arrigi’s signature was on most of those contracts as being their agency liason. I was there, I know! I’m sure the attention this Central Basin fiasco is bringing the wrong attention to San Gabriel. Either that or SGVW will be vying for a piece of Central Basin after they shut it down and sell it off. Who doesn’t see that coming??

  3. Pingback: Additional Conflicts of Interest Surface Between Appointed Central Basin Water Directors Arrighi, Oskoui and Former GM Hunt | La Mirada Lamplighter

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