September 29, 2022

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Helipad Near Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Home Was Not Approved: Audit

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  • LASD crafted a helipad future to the sheriff’s property on a utility company’s land.
  • The division claimed they got “verbal permission” from the business by means of a former sheriff’s deputy.
  • An audit located that the helipad was unauthorized and didn’t have the required permit.

A helicopter pad built future to Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s house was not approved to be constructed and did not have the appropriate permit, The Los Angeles Moments reported.

The sheriff, who is searching for reelection, insisted that design was approved beforehand, but an audit by the Los Angeles County auditor-controller determined normally.

“LASD could not present any documentation of the acceptance or exclusively detect the people who purportedly gave it, and SoCalGas expressly denied authorizing LASD to use or modify their house,” the audit read.

It included: “The grading activity at the home was not permitted or approved and allegedly did not comply with municipal codes linked to grading permits and erosion prevention.” 

The sheriff’s division reported the helipad was needed for protection causes. 

“In August of 2020, Main Crimes Bureau (MCB) personnel had been tasked with conducting a safety assessment of Sheriff Villanueva’s residence in reaction to numerous credible threats, doxing incidents, and protestors targeting law enforcement officials at their personalized residences,” a memo from the MCB Captain Eddie Hernandez examine.  

Southern California Gasoline Co. owns the plot of land near Villanueva’s residence in La Habra Heights and claimed earlier to have turned down the department’s ask for to create the helipad.

“The exercise was without the authorization or acceptance of SoCalGas, for which SoCalGas would be entitled to damages for trespass and inverse condemnation,” Michelle Meghrouni, senior counsel at the utility corporation, wrote in a February 5, 2021, stop and desist letter to Rodrigo Castro-Silva of the Los Angeles County Counsel.

The utility business demanded that the county end the helipad action and requested a reaction. 

On February 11, 2021, the captain of the Key Crimes Bureau responded with the 40-page memo saying they’d obtained “verbal authorization by SoCalGas and acted in superior religion.” 

A single instance of “verbal permission” came from J. Isaac Gonzalez, a previous sheriff’s deputy who operates at the mum or dad organization of SoCalGas, in the type of a text message reaction to an LASD lieutenant inquiring if the helipad was possible, MCB claimed. 

“Sounds quick,” Gonzalez wrote. 

The Bureau also wrote of other verbal instances of a inexperienced light in the memo.

The audit wrote that LASD mentioned it would move ahead in the future with buying necessary permits and “legally sufficient published authorization from proprietors of personal residence prior to engaging in construction on this kind of home.”

The Sheriff’s Division explained to Insider, “The report confirms there was a breakdown in communication concerning the associated parties (LASD, Southern California Gas Firm, and Century Paving Inc), and the Office agrees with the Auditor-Controller’s suggestion to enhance its contracting process.”

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