Californian Testing Lab Says Mayor Sought Bribe For Permit In Lawsuit

The mayor of a Los Angeles suburb, Eddie De La Riva, sought a $350,000 bribe in exchange for a cannabis testing lab permit and conspired with city officials to reject the would-be owner’s application when he didn’t play ball, according to a suit in California state court.

Eddie De La Riva

Jose Mendoza said in a civil racketeering suit filed Friday that Maywood, California, city council members and zoning officials arbitrarily denied his permit application and falsely accused him of intimidating neighboring businesses into voicing approval for his project.

Maywood City Hall

The permit denial came after city officials tried to gin up opposition among neighboring businesses by mischaracterizing Mendoza’s business, LA…


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