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Drayman pleads poverty on restitution

Drayman pleads poverty on restitution

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Drayman on the hook for outstanding debt

Drayman on the hook for outstanding debt

When former Councilman John Drayman begins his five years of probation, expected to begin next month, the first meetings he has with the Los Angeles County Probation Office will include a thorough review of his assets and liabilities to determine how...

Former Glendale Councilman John Drayman released from jail

Former Glendale Councilman John Drayman released from jail

A former Glendale councilman who was sentenced last week to one year in jail after pleading guilty to...

MSPA members respond to Drayman's plea deal

[March 13, 2014] Some Montrose business owners expressed disappointment with the sentence former Councilman John Drayman has agreed to receive, calling the one-year deal he reached with prosecutors insufficient for his crimes.

Former Glendale Councilman John Drayman pleads guilty, faces one year in jail

Former Glendale Councilman John Drayman pleads guilty, faces one year in jail

[March 12, 2014] Former Councilman John Drayman pleaded guilty to three felonies Wednesday morning, including embezzlement, and agreed to a sentence of one year in jail as well as paying about $305,000 in restitution.

Start the Presses: Getting away with it

Start the Presses: Getting away with it

[March 12, 2014]John Drayman, convicted liar and thief, got away with it one more time. The man who should be spending — minimum — a decade in prison for his misdeeds received the sentence of a year in county jail.

Judge rejects second plea deal for former Glendale mayor John Drayman

Judge rejects second plea deal for former Glendale mayor John Drayman

[March 10, 2014] For the second time, a judge rejected a plea deal from former Glendale Councilman John Drayman, who allegedly embezzled at least $304,000 from a weekly farmer’s market. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephen A. Marcus said in...

Montrose Park Shopping Assn. members to get money back

[March 7, 2014] Members of the Montrose Park Shopping Assn. will get back $50 if they pay their annual assessment on time next year, a gesture that comes on the heels of significantly improved revenue for the business improvement district.

Drayman trial delayed again

Drayman trial delayed again

[Nov. 4, 2013] Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephen Marcus agreed on Monday to delay former Councilman John Drayman's criminal trial until April, marking yet another delay in court proceedings since Drayman was indicted in May 2012.

Judge rejects Drayman plea deal, says deserves prison if found guilty

Judge rejects Drayman plea deal, says deserves prison if found guilty

[Sept. 20 2013] A judge on Friday rejected a plea deal reached between prosecutors and a former Glendale councilman accused of embezzling at least $304,000, calling the agreement a “slap on the wrist” for someone in a position of public...

Judge sets timetable for John Drayman's trial

Judge sets timetable for John Drayman's trial

[July 16, 2013] More than a year after he was indicted by a grand jury for allegedly embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars, former Councilman John Drayman could soon get a firm trial date.

Condo of former Councilman John Drayman remains out of compliance with local codes

Condo of former Councilman John Drayman remains out of compliance with local codes

[Feb. 14, 2013] Former Councilman John Drayman's unfinished construction permit issues have become a drain on city resources as building officials try to bring his condominium into compliance more than a year after the issues were brought to light.

Accountant says Montrose Shopping Park group needs a strong treasurer

[Feb. 8, 2013] When former Councilman John Drayman didn't turn in money he collected from the Montrose Harvest Market on time, that should have been a warning sign that something was amiss, said an accountant who spoke to market officials about...

Trial for former Glendale councilman postponed again, but judge sets eyes on later this year

[Feb. 5, 2013] Former City Councilman John Drayman’s criminal trial was delayed yet again Tuesday in order to give his public defender more time to review evidence, but the judge made clear his desire to have proceedings start later this year.

Trial date for former Glendale City Councilman is pushed back again

Trial date for former Glendale City Councilman is pushed back again

[Nov. 12, 2012] Former Councilman John Drayman's criminal case was pushed back yet again Thursday after he was assigned a new public defender who asked for more time to get a handle on embezzlement, forgery and other allegations.

Former Glendale Councilman John Drayman goes with public defender

[Sept. 23, 2012] Taxpayers will be picking up former City Councilman John Drayman’s legal bills after he swapped a high-powered criminal attorney for a public defender.

Drayman agrees to pay $15K for condo work

Drayman agrees to pay $15K for condo work

[Aug. 2, 2012] Former City Councilman John Drayman this week agreed to pay $15,000 over 15 years to settle a lawsuit filed by a firm that claimed it was underpaid for remodeling work done on his condominium.

Drayman wants a refund for condo revamp

Drayman wants a refund for condo revamp

[July 29, 2012] Former Glendale councilman John Drayman wants the $117,000 that he paid a company to revamp his condominium to be returned to him, according to court documents filed this month.

Drayman denies claim that ADI did condo renovation

Drayman denies claim that ADI did condo renovation

[July 8, 2012] National Fire Systems & Services - whose remodel of former Councilman John Drayman's condominium continues to drag out in court over claims of nonpayment - is claiming that the firm actually in charge of the project was the...

Attorney for ex-Glendale councilman says he can prove someone else embezzled money

Attorney for ex-Glendale councilman says he can prove someone else embezzled money

[June 28, 2012] The attorney for former Councilman John Drayman, who has been charged with embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars, said outside a Los Angeles County Superior Courtroom on Thursday that he intends to prove that someone else...

John Drayman: Testimony reveals two perceptions of 'Mr. Montrose'

John Drayman: Testimony reveals two perceptions of 'Mr. Montrose'

[May 24, 2012] The first time Alyce Russell thought she'd been duped by her longtime friend John Drayman was at the former councilman's reelection-night party last April.

John Drayman: Former councilman allegedly sought developers' aid to remodel condo

Grand Jury Transcripts: Former councilman allegedly sought developers' aid to remodel condo

[May 23, 2012] Struggling to pay contractors for a disputed $213,000 worth of construction on his condominium, former City Councilman John Drayman asked two prominent development figures for a $100,000 loan in late 2010, a debt he felt could be...

John Drayman: Pony rides offered a clue

Grand Jury Transcripts: Pony rides offered a clue

[May 22, 2012] For all the sophisticated computer forensic evidence and what was described as a 3-foot-high stack of bank records, Glendale police detectives said that during their yearlong embezzlement investigation into John Drayman, it was...

John Drayman: Grand jury testimony paints picture of lax financial oversight

Grand Jury Transcripts: Grand jury testimony paints picture of lax financial oversight

[May 21, 2012] Grand jury testimony in the embezzlement case against John Drayman - unsealed Friday - painted a picture of lax oversight of the former city councilman¿s collection and accounting of proceeds from the Montrose Harvest Market, an...

Editorial: The case for oversight and transparency

[May 11, 2012] Whatever the outcome of the embezzlement case brought by prosecutors this week against former Councilman John Drayman, one take-away is sure: There's no substitute for transparency and oversight.

Unclassified Info: Going in search of truth and missing money

[May 10, 2012] Like a lot of people in Glendale, I have been watching former City Councilman John Drayman, wondering how it is that someone goes from a position of esteem to wearing the blue jumpsuit of a jail inmate.

Judge grants John Drayman's release

Judge grants John Drayman's release

[May 9, 2012] A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge on Wednesday granted the release of former City Councilman John Drayman from jail after his supporters agreed to pay a $16,000 bond.

Former Glendale Councilman John Drayman indicted on charges of embezzlement

Former Glendale Councilman John Drayman indicted on charges of embezzlement

[May 8, 2012] Former Councilman John Drayman was indicted Tuesday on charges that he embezzled at least $304,000 from the weekly farmers market in Montrose.

Peer says Drayman charges feel 'like a punch in the stomach'

Peer says Drayman charges feel 'like a punch in the stomach'

[May 8, 2012] Reaction to charges Tuesday that former Councilman John Drayman embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from the popular Montrose Harvest Market ranged from shock to disappointment.

John Drayman's condo still in turmoil

John Drayman's condo still in turmoil

[May 2, 2012] After the latest round of inspections last week regarding a controversial renovation to his condominium, the headaches still haven't dissipated for former Glendale City Councilman John Drayman.

Former Montrose market manager starts his own event

[April 20, 2012] The ousted manager of the Montrose Harvest Market has started his own weekend event with the help of former City Councilman John Drayman.

More changes announced at Montrose farmers market venue

More changes announced at Montrose farmers market venue

[Feb. 3, 2011] After several shake-ups last year at the Montrose Harvest Market, more are coming. The market¿s craft and collectibles section is getting a new name and a new organizer. And all vendors will have to pay higher fees.

Newsmaker of the year: John Drayman

Newsmaker of the year: John Drayman

[Dec. 27, 2011] John Drayman's connection to a number of investigations - federal and local - continued to make headlines this year, keeping the former city councilman in the spotlight long after he lost his seat on the dais in April.

Harvest Market sees turnaround

Harvest Market sees turnaround

[Dec. 8, 2011] Organizers of the Montrose Harvest Market expect the event to make $130,000 next year, nearly $100,000 more than it has reaped in the past.

Absent Drayman, Montrose director gets pay increase

Absent Drayman, Montrose director gets pay increase

[Nov. 8, 2011] As the Montrose Shopping Park Assn. lurches through a revamp among its leadership and possible changes at its popular farmers market, board members have unanimously agreed to give their executive director a 50% raise.

Home inspectors keep pressure on Drayman

Home inspectors keep pressure on Drayman

[Sept. 6, 2011] Former Councilman John Drayman's permit debacle regarding his 2010 condominium renovations continues after city inspectors last week told him he has to tear larger holes in his walls and might need to submit a third permit.

John Drayman starts cable show

[Aug. 29, 2011] Former Councilman John Drayman has launched a talk show on a local TV channel, but its schedule has been scaled back from daily to once a week.

Contractor: FBI investigating Drayman remodel

[June 23, 2011] ADI manager allegedly called former councilman 'a very special friend of company.'

Drayman's condo permits understated work done

[June 23, 2011] City building inspectors have determined that former City Councilman John Drayman and his contractor did not list 'a number of features in construction permits filed for renovations at his Montrose condominium.

Ron Kaye: The incessant buzzing of the gadflies

[June 10, 2011] Barry Allen is no Socrates. But as much as the power structure of Glendale dismisses him as being an annoying hyper-critical person, he scored the kind of victory gadflies sometimes do in nailing former Glendale Councilman John...

City demands an inspection of Drayman's condo

[June 7, 2011] City officials are demanding an inspection of former City Councilman John Drayman¿s Montrose condominium to determine whether he underreported renovations in permits filed with the city after the work was done.

Group confirms Drayman concerns

Group confirms Drayman concerns

[June 3, 2011] The Montrose Shopping Park Assn. contacted police about concerns regarding former-Councilman John Drayman¿s handling of the Harvest Market, board officials confirmed Thursday.

Lien filed on Drayman's condo

[May 20, 2011] A subcontractor for Advanced Development & Investment Inc. - an affordable housing developer under federal investigation for fraud - has filed a nearly $100,000 lien on former Glendale City Councilman John Drayman's condo for not being...

Shopping park in financial mess

Shopping park in financial mess

[May 27, 2011] Weeks before Glendale police launched an investigation into allegations that former City Councilman John Drayman had embezzled money from a local organization, the Montrose Shopping Park Assn. began to ratchet up financial oversight of...

Drayman loses City Council seat

Drayman loses City Council seat

[April 14, 2011] City Councilman John Drayman lost his reelection bid on Thursday, four years after he was elected to the dais with widespread support.

Drayman, Weaver could face upset

Drayman, Weaver could face upset

[April 6, 2011] The reelection of City Councilmen John Drayman and Dave Weaver was thrown into doubt on Tuesday, with challenger Rafi Manoukian taking the top spot after the unofficial tally from all 57 precincts was announced.

Drayman under investigation for embezzlement

Drayman under investigation for embezzlement

[May 17, 2011] Former City Councilman John Drayman is under investigation for allegedly embezzling money from an unnamed organization in which he had an active role, a Glendale police official confirmed Tuesday.

ADI manager tied to Drayman remodel

[March 17, 2011] A senior design manager employed by Advanced Development & Investment Inc. helped guide renovations at City Councilman John Drayman¿s condo at the same time the firm was allegedly bilking the city of millions in tax dollars,...

Candidate's criminal history becomes public

[March 9, 2011] The campaign battle between incumbent City Councilman John Drayman and gadfly Mike Mohill has taken a turn downhill ¿ with both candidates letting the mud fly during council meetings in recent weeks.

Start the Presses: Answering ADI questions

[Jan. 10, 2011] This has been a - hmmm, how I should say it? - fascinating week. The paper, its reporters and editors have been hit with alternating waves of praise and criticism regarding our coverage of the Advanced Development and Investment Inc....

Conflict-of-interest issue returns to fore

[Jan. 7, 2011] For proponents of stronger conflict-of-interest regulations for local elected officials, revelations surrounding several of the city's public housing projects have bolstered their cause.

Builder got funds despite concerns

[Dec. 29, 2010] ADI faces allegations that it defrauded government agencies and may have built potentially unsafe housing for the poor. In recent years, ADI has repeatedly persuaded officials in Glendale, Los Angeles, Sacramento and elsewhere to...

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