Modified by me
- Increasing operating deficits
- Deficit fund balances reported in the city’s financial statements
- Expenditures in excess of what is budgeted in the city’s general fund and other funds
- Lack of physical inventory of capital assets performed
In August of 2018, Legal Lens exposed how the Finance Director, Rose Tam, was cooking the books.
The Tribune asks the question whether this is related to West Valley Water Board's audit, which is a separate agency in Riverside County. Linkage exists because three of the City of Baldwin Park's brass also works or has worked at West Valley Water. These players are fired Baldwin Park's Police Chief and current water board Member - Michael Taylor; Baldwin Park's City Attorney and West Valley Water's General Counsel, Robert Tafoya; and Baldwin Park Council Member Ricardo Pacheco - who allegedly has been fired from his position as assistant general manager at West Valley Water.
Another way of asking the Tribune's question is asking whether Tafoya, Taylor, and Pacheco learned how to skim taxpayer money from Baldwin Park and then play the same tricks at another agency, in this case, West Valley Water. I would think so. Zebras never change their stripes.
More reporting to come later.
In the meantime, here's the Tribune article - State controller auditing Baldwin Park for budget deficits, excessive spending.
|Manuel Carrillo Jr.,|
Parks and Recreation Director, also
money launderer of nonprofit corporation
Baldwin Park Community Center Corporation
Baldwin Park City Council Member and
former assistant general manager of West Valley Water Board
|Robert Nacionales-Tafoya, |
counsel for City of Baldwin Park and West Valley Water Board
Twice fired Baldwin Park Police Chief,
and West Valley Water Board Member.