La Verne’s Johnson steps down from redevelopment agency


La Verne councilman Steven Johnson recently resigned from his post on the city’s redevelopment agency after he purchased property that conflicted him out.

Being conflicted out isn’t an unusual thing (or issue) for La Verne’s council members. Councilwomen Donna Redman Nasmyth and Robin Carder both work at the University of La Verne and are conflicted out of votes concerning the school.

Mayor Don Kendrick has a business in La Verne and can be conflicted out of votes that concern property near to his offices, and Johnson has a business in the city as well that puts him in the same situation.

Not to mention, there was that court battle concerning Johnson’s potential conflicts of interest. He was found not guilty. The property that has now conflicted him out of the redevelopment agency was also part of the case against Johnson in 2007.

This time, Johnson opted to step down (he was actually required) from his position to avoid any conflict.

Council members often serve as the city’s redevelopment agency as well, but in this case, La Verne will be one of the few cities with someone other than a council member on the agency.

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