District Attorney Launches Investigation into Huntington Park Councilwoman

Huntington Park Councilwoman Karina Macias is being investigated by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for possible conflicts of interest arising from work she performed as a political consultant and fundraiser. As it turns out, much (or perhaps all) of the money Macias raised for a client’s state Assembly campaign came from companies which sought to do business with the city. Businesses connected to the contributors also received city contracts at the behest of the City Council, including Councilwoman Macias.

That’s not all. According to an L.A. Times investigation, Macias’ client, Efren Martinez, was appointed to the Planning Commission while she was working on his campaign. At the very least, Macias’ actions give the appearance of a conflict of interest and warrant an investigation, government watchdogs said.

The probe is bad timing for Macias, who is up for reelection in March. “This isn’t the type of leadership that Huntington Park deserves," said Council candidate Laura M. Herrera. She and others on the March ballot issued a press release Sunday criticizing Macias’ fundraising activities.


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