US: South El Monte corruption, bribery: What we know so far
12 Aug 2016

The city was thrown into chaos two weeks ago when news broke about Mayor Luis Aguinaga signing an agreement to plead guilty to a federal bribery charge.

Since then, the City Council has held one meeting to hear from residents and to discuss the city’s first steps to recovery. Aguinaga resigned as mayor Tuesday, Aug. 9, and Mayor Pro Tem Gloria Olmos is set to lead the city until the council decides how to permanently fill the mayor’s seat.

But concerns about corruption preceded news of Aguinaga’s plea agreement, as an audit released in late June revealed the city’s lack of oversight allowed two contractors to potentially defraud the city.

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