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