Alt-Weekly Investigation Leads to Criminal Charges Against Developer

april 9, 2007  09:26 am
Last week, L.A. City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo filed 16 counts against Meruelo Maddux Properties as a result of the firm's allegedly improper demolition of several buildings in 2005. The charges, which stem from an investigation by L.A. Weekly, include illegal disposal of hazardous waste, improper handling and disposal of asbestos and failure to provide documentation of its removal. The Weekly notes that the firm's chairman, Richard Meruelo, is Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's largest campaign supporter and was not named in the complaint.