Did L.A. County’s Secret Probe of Ex-CEO Violate the Law?

Shortly after his retirement in 2014, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors launched a secret public corruption probe into former County Chief Executive Officer William T Fujioka, according to a recent report by the Los Angeles Times. The investigation examined Fujioka’s role in real estate deals, a multimillion-dollar emergency communications project and other county business, according to the Times’ sources, as well as a document obtained by the paper. In the end, however, the District Attorney “concluded there was no basis for a criminal investigation.”

In response to the report, Fujioka would say only that he was glad the DA found the allegations to be unfounded. The probe was a politically-motivated attack orchestrated by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, according to the former CEO.

The revelations have raised questions over whether the Board violated the state’s open meetings law in its secretive handling of the investigation. Supervisors are believed to have met at least two times last year to discuss the findings.

Read the L.A. Times’ article on the probe here.


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