Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar, already under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has been cornered by yet another controversy.
According to newly filed campaign contribution records uncovered by The Los Angeles Times, a real estate company seeking to raze a portion of the former Los Angeles Times headquarters and replace it with two high-rise towers gave $50,000 to a campaign committee connected to the embattled Huizar.
Onni Contracting (California) Inc., part of the group that purchased the 1973 office building designed by renowned modernist architect William Pereira, was at the time trying to build two residential towers on the property. However, downtown Los Angeles preservationists were fighting for the building’s designation as a historic landmark.
Omni went on to make the $50,000 donation to Families for a Better Los Angeles, which held two fundraisers for Huizar last year. Additionally, Families for a Better Los Angeles took in $2,500 from William Delvac, the attorney representing Onni before City Council.
Huizar would go on to oppose the historic designation, arguing that Los Angeles desperately needed the housing it would provide.
It’s not the first time this committee accepted money from donors connected to Huizar-backed projects. Kevin and Minny Chen, who were listed as executives with a company seeking to build a 12-story hotel and condominium complex at 5th and Alameda streets in Huizar’s district, gave Families for a Better Los Angeles $12,500 last year, just a week before the FBI searched Huizar’s home and offices.