Saturday, June 18, 2016

Pasadena Star News: Former developers in ill-fated El Monte Transit Village project indicted on fraud charges

John Leung and Bart Doyle. Two bros back in the day.
Long time readers of The Tattler will know all about this story. Back in the earliest days of this blog we closely covered the story of El Monte's "Billion Dollar Bus Station," a get rich quick scheme that was conveniently backed by a whole lot of taxpayer money. Federal and state. Big primitive regional planning organizations like SCAG were intimately involved as well (link). And as many here are also well aware, the whole stinking mess blew up quite gloriously back in 2011. It was quite a scandal.

As you will now find out thanks to the following Pasadena Star News article (link), the party is hardly over. Apparently we are today moving into the prosecutorial phase of the drama, and of course we will be following all of that quite closely. Because there is a very Sierra Madre angle to all of this, as I will happily share with you in a minute.


The rest of this article can be found by hitting the link we posted at the beginning of this page. And if you want to check out that chronology of events they've put together about the failed El Monte Transit Village disaster, you can click here.

Now you might be wondering what the Sierra Madre connection to all of this is, and of course we are glad to share that with you. Apparently former Sierra Madre Mayor Bart Doyle, who recently emerged from wherever it is that he hangs out to offer his support for utility tax boondoggle Measure UUT, was also a big name at the Titan Group. He ran into a little legal trouble himself back in 2011.

Here is how we described all this in October of that year (link):

Former Sierra Madre Mayor Bart Doyle and Others Named In Lawsuit Filed by the City of El Monte The San Gabriel Valley Tribune is going with a shocker of a story this morning, one that reaches right into the very heart of certain centers of influence here in Sierra Madre.

The article is titled "El Monte accuses contractor of fraudulently obtaining federal, state and city funds," and can be accessed by clicking here.

This follows several recently published reports that both the FBI and HUD have been involved in the investigations swirling around the ill-fated El Monte Transit Village, pejoratively known as the "Billion Dollar Bus Station." With HUD's concern also centered around improperly used government funding for what has become quite a redevelopment debacle.  

Here's that 2011 newspaper account.


You can read the rest of this one by clicking here.

So why wasn't Bart Doyle arrested by the Feds last week along with his former "Billion Dollar Bus Station" business associates John Leung and Jean Lang? I really have no idea.

But I can venture this guess. Perhaps he has agreed to become a witness for the prosecution?

We just might have to head on down to the courts for the trial and see what is up.

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43 comments:

  1. Maybe he did nothing wrong, which would also explain why Bart wasn't arrested. Just because you imply something, doesn't make it true. Also, this story is two weeks old. It's stale. Go back to picking on the short bus kids in the group home.

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    1. 1 week 3 days. This was actually by request of a longtime reader and former resident of El Monte. Whether Bart did anything wrong or not is anybody's guess. It will be interesting to see how the trial unfolds.

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    2. Bart was the Chief Financial Officer, yeah?
      And he had no idea what was going on.
      Funny, 7:00.

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    3. He was in charge of the green card business.

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    4. Thank you, for posting this, only a few of us know the truth, and 5 or 6 Tatts are privy to the juicy true bits...

      It is an artfully crafted case...

      Maybe Doyle was not told or let into the inner workings, remember the look on his face on that video where he was in China being led into a dinner like a tall lecherous smiling Gulliver among the Lilliputians? A man with Doyles appetites and ego, is easily controlled....

      I am dying to kvetch about it, but do not want to taint the longtime coming indictments and trial....

      Would love to see a copy of the actual indictment though...

      Still have to too be careful, they have high friends in low places...

      EL MONTE - Convicted Watergate conspirator Donald Segretti, a bankruptcy attorney, represented failed El Monte developers in legal proceedings earlier this year.

      Segretti, who spent four months in prison for his role in the Watergate scandal, was an attorney for TV LLC, which filed for bankruptcy after a plan to build a $1 billion residential and commercial project in El Monte imploded in 2009
      http://www.sgvtribune.com/general-news/20111012/watergate-conspirator-represented-el-monte-transit-village-developers-in-deposition

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  2. OH, I'm sure the Doyle did nothing wrong, he's and Attorney. Sierra Madre must be so proud of him for helping our city finance our problems down the road, the road were on now. We are so lucky he wasn't arrested, now he can stay in town and guide our own home grown boy attorney Johnny, who is so close to the church with his mommy and big money daddy. Sort of looks like where ever you find big money you find the Doyle on the dole. Everyone has to make a living, what the heck?

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    1. Sounds like 7:43 doesn't like attorneys. Maybe next time he needs legal advice he'll hire a notario.

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    2. What is a notario? Is that like a bandito?

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    3. Actually, sounds like 7:43 woke up quite grouchy. And not a little bitter.

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    4. I think 7:43 has a problem with crime. And 9:51 does not.

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  3. Yep, buggy site, must be them trolls.

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  4. What's with the short kids at the bus stop? Does 7AM have a story to tell.

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    1. Good question. Was the El Monte bus station supposed to become a sober house?

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  5. It was a sober house when they got the bills.

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  6. The house was sober when they saw the bill's piling up! Could not pass that one up and it's probably true. LOL

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  7. Doyle has been responsible for very bad things here - like promoting hillside development at Stonehouse and Carter, and the Orange County make over for downtown. A real jerk. My guess is that he's just desperate for success and money, so he puts ethics aside.

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    1. It might be that his real career is as a house husband.

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    2. He's a killer with a feather duster.

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  8. "We just might have to head on down to the courts for the trial and see what is up."

    I'd rather go to court this week and watch Page and Plant defend themselves against trust fund babies who claim they have a copyright on a 300 year old chord progression. Much more entertaining.

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    1. The Page trial is sold out.

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  9. Interesting that you indict Bart Doyle when the Feds didn't. Suppose all you want, the Feds have the facts, we don't.

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    1. Except when the Feds can't figure out the reason for the Orlando attack. Can I buy a vowel?

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    3. I think the term for what happened with Doyle is stool pigeon.

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    4. That's a crappy thing to say 7:33.

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  10. Interesting that you see things that do not exist.

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  11. Hildreth's lost their case and now will lose their house. Everytime I see their obnoxious deck overhang over the sidewalk I want to get my chainsaw out. One more local gadfly nutcase bites the dust.

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    1. It takes a special kind of creep to find pleasure in that.

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    2. You need to open your eyes 5:04PM, there are worse monstrosities in town. Also, I hate to see anyone lose their house.

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    3. 5:04 is a big hater.

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    4. Why do they have to lose the house? Can't they just fill up the excavated part?

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    5. My understanding is the entire thing is under appeal, and nothing is over.

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    6. Appeal? Is it possible that some lawyer wishes to possess the rest of their money?

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    7. It is far more like that the city's attys want to possess the rest of ours. Your Measure UUT taxes at work, crushing residents.

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    8. Apparently the court disagrees with you 11:35. Puts a damper on your plans to build a deck overhanging your sidewalk, huh?

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    9. Don't live near a sidewalk, wacky little man.

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    10. Oh, I see--a damper on your plans to dig a hole then.

      If 11:35/11:47 were a rational thinker, he would blame those who refuse to follow the law for wasting our tax dollars to ensure compliance.

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    11. What would a half-wit buttkisser like you know about rational thinking?

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    12. That's all you've got? Proved my point.

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    13. The City did not start this fight, they were only asking a citizen to confirm to the existing rules. All the Hildriths did was to poke a stick in the eye of the City and the neighbors by exasperating the problem by building that deck. It is not a secret that the neighbors as done with this and will be glad to move on

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  12. Too bad BD dosen't go down in flames with these other two rascals. When El Monte started this process against them they or the "company" counter sued the city for $18 million. Wonder who was their lawyer on that?

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  13. Water, Water who has the water?

    http://www.wqa.com/board/john-s-leung/

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    1. My. What a small world this is.

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