Beilke calls DA complaints “preposterous”

10598-RonBeilke.jpgPico Rivera

City Councilman Ron Beilke is finally speaking out about complaints filed against him with the District Attorney’s alleging election code violations and conflict of interest.

The former mayor called the complaints that led to search warrants being served at his home and restaurant two weeks ago “preposterous,” according to Whittier Daily-News reporter Bethania Palma

“The allegation is that he collected absentee ballots,” said Dave Demerjian, head of the District Attorney’s Public Integrity Unit, of the 2009 election code complaint. It is illegal to collect absentee ballots because the collector could influence votes.

Beilke said, “There’s no possible way I handled ballots,” Beilke said. “If you have a quantity of ballots what do you do with them? Aren’t there checks and balances for turning them in where someone says, ‘you can’t do that?’ That would entail a conspiracy and I would not be the only one being investigated.”

Palma wrote a lengthy piece on the investigation in today’s paper, in which she also looks at Beilke’s controversial time on the Council. He is up for re-election in November, and is planning to run. Do you think the DA investigation will jeopardize his chances of being re-elected to the council?

  • http://www.prctip.org Raul Murga

    On December 19, 2006 the Los Angeles District Attorney Public Integrity Unit was requested to investigate a complaint regarding a conflict of interest regarding the Glickman Development at the former K-Mart property in Pico Rivera. That property abuts Ron Beilkes Der Wienerschnitzel. Ron Beilke, in a series of emails (copies available on request), used his political influence to fast track an additional business venture on that property. Since Glickman & Associates were forced to deal with the City Manager (Chuck Fuentes), Beilke had an advantage to negotiate that deal which was not available to the general public. (PID Case No.: 07-0003)

    On February 6, 2007, the Los Angeles District Attorney Public Integrity Unit December was provided with demonstrative evidence that Ron Beilke violated the law on March 7, 2006 and November 13, 2007 by voting on improvements to the intersection of Washington and Rosemead Blvd. Beilke admits he made a mistake. But can it be labeled a mistake? Ron Beilke attended and completed the ethics training required of all newly elected officials which included conflict of interest. Beilkes arrogance lead him to vote because nobody is going to tell him what to do on his corner.
    On March 5, 2007 the Los Angeles District Attorney Public Integrity Unit was requested to investigate a complaint regarding Chuck Fuentes fixing parking tickets for Ron Beilke. Additional evidence, in the form of archived emails from Scott Wasserman to Deborah Lopez on November 8, 2005 and November 17, 2005, were provided regarding a conversation with Chuck (Fuentes) regarding fixing two parking tickets for Ron Beilke. Scott Wasserman wrote FYI-I had a lengthy conversation with Chuck about my discomfort with being asked to void out parking citations for council members. One of those parking tickets was for an unregistered vehicle parked along the curb at Ron Beilkes house. Sandi Roth, D.D.A. in a telephone conversation, related that this was not against the law, according to the DAs attorneys. I explained how Ron Beilke benefited by not have the vehicle towed (and paying the towing cost), the expense of bringing the registration current by paying fees to the DMV, and by paying the release fee to the Sheriffs Department. Certainly a financial gain by Ron Beilke, provided by Chuck Fuentes, by not having to pay substantial fees any other Pico Rivera resident would have had to pay, should be illegal.

    Is the DAs office writing the law or enforcing it?

    Additionally in the March 5, 2007 letter, the Los Angeles District Attorney Public Integrity Unit was requested to investigate a complaint regarding an incident in July 2005 wherein council member Ron Beilke went to a conference in Monterey, California (from July 26 thru July 30) and on Friday July 29, 2005 the Pico Rivera city credit was used (Debbie Lopezs acting City Managers issued card) was used to pay Rons family dinner at Benihanas which included Rons father, daughter, daughters boyfriend, Rons son, and additional guests of council member Ron Beilke. This amount of over $477 was never paid back to the city for his familys (and his friend Chuck Fuentes) meal. Deborah Lopez was not even present when the bill was paid. Forgery, misuse of public funds? How is that not illegal? Nonetheless, District Attorney Investigator Avila assured me that the statue of limitations is 4 years from the date the complaint was filed. There was time to investigate this matter although nothing was mention of this in the article.

    With regards to the complaint of election code violations, clearly Beilke alludes to his misconduct by making the statement If you have a quantity of ballots what do you do with them? So did he have them and in his mind had he no option but to turn them in? He further implicates himself by the statement Aren’t there checks and balances for turning them in where someone says, `you can’t do that? Beilke clearly attempts to focus the blame away from him and onto Vida Tolman, the then city clerk. And finally the most implicating statement of all That would entail a conspiracy and I would not be the only one being investigated.”

    The conspiracy theory is correct. Beilke and Fuentes conspired to pad the casted votes for the purpose of creating a council majority so Fuentes could keep his job and Beilke could remain in controlling power. Remember, Beilke and Fuentes were in eminent danger and fighting for their lives. Should one legitimate council person be elected, Fuentes would have lost his job and Beilke would have been sidelined on the council minority. A Shakespearian plot at its finest!

    When Congresswoman Grace Napolitano and Ron Beilke filed a complaint on Councilman Carlos Garcia the matter came before a Grand Jury in a few short months. So why did the Los Angeles District Attorney Public Integrity Unit take three years on this case with all of the evidence available?

    Maybe, and hopefully, the auspices of a Congresswoman Gracie Napolitano will no longer protect Ron Beilke, a convicted felonious thief.

    Judge: How do you plead to count 04, Grand Theft Property
    Beilke: Nolo Contendere (Guilty)
    Dj vous.

    Raul Murga
    raul@prctip.org
    All letters and emails available on request

  • Linda Ortega

    You may think Ron had voted illegally, but in the long run, the city benefited. The intersection of Washington and Rosemead never looked better. And if beautifing the city is a crime then Ron is guilty. If making the city of Pico Rivera a better place to live, then Ron Beilke is guilty. Forget the fact he owns the Weinerschnitzel at the corner and look at the whole picture. He did good for Pico Rivera. It dosen’t look like a ghetto, it looks nice.

    He was also blamed for improving the corner of Whittier blvd. and Paramount. It looks alot better now than it did when the Hacienda bar was at the corner.

    Ron is guilty of having good ideas and David Armenta is a jealous child.

    Maybe it’s time someone looked into him!