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Andy Wilson Tried to Quit the City Council

While on the City Council, Wilson sought employment opportunities that would have conflicted with his duties to residents as a councilmember.

On June 26, 2016, Wilson applied to be Executive Director of the Tournament of Roses.

Wilson also applied to be Executive Director of the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport, which is governed by a joint powers agreement that includes the City of Pasadena.

Either of these positions would have required Wilson to resign his position on the City Council.

If Wilson resigns, the City Charter requires his replacement to be chosen by the other City Council members, no special election is allowed.

Finally, on October 11, 2016 (a month before the filing period for this election opened) Wilson asked California's Fair Political Practices Commission if he could take a job with a city contractor while asking the government agency if his inquiry could be kept secret.

INNOVATE PASADENA

Andy Wilson's "non-profit" (Innovate Pasadena, formerly Pasadena Entretec) has received $95,000 in City of Pasadena taxpayer funds. Wilson uses his City funded "non-profit" to host events and parties and to relentlessly promote himself and his business interests. On June 27, 2016, Wilson voted to approve a 2017 city budget that includes a payment of another $27,500 to his "non-profit" for a total of $122,500.

 

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Thatcher Condo Project

Days after Andy Wilson was appointed to the City Council, his close associates began the process of building an $87 million condo project in our District.

Andy Wilson and developer Greg McLemore are close associates. They even go to Disneyland together with their kids. Less than 30 days after Wilson was appointed to the City Council, a group of “investors” led by McLemore made an “unsolicited offer” and purchased one of the largest parcels of open space in our District consisting of the Thatcher Medical Building and its adjacent parking lot located at 960 E Green Street.


Then the developer proposed building a 131 unit project that was 37% larger and 22% taller than the zoning code allowed.


When neighbors protested and asked for his help, Andy Wilson refused and began making a series of false and misleading statements. Wilson also concealed his involvement with the development when he told the Pasadena Star-News that:


“The councilman declined to take a stance on the development, saying he was advised by the city attorney not to support or oppose it until it comes to the council for a vote. He (Wilson) said he had not made up his mind yet because he felt he needed more information….” – Pasadena Star News, September 30, 2016


Although Wilson publicly claimed “he had not made up his mind yet because he felt he needed more information”, City emails show that:

  • In an email to a city employee (Robert Montano) being hired by the Developers (Patrick Chraghchian and Greg McLemore) Wilson states "robert — thx for a thorough response. good luck on your new gig. as you know, i am fans of patrick/greg. andy"

On August 13, 2016, Wilson told a constituent opposed to the project that Wilson would “reach out to the City planning staff to see what is in the work for that development”, even though Wilson had been “brought up to speed” by the developer just the month before.

The developers paid $10,000 to Andy Wilson’s non-profit – and pledged $20,000 more – a month after submitting plans to the City.

When doctors (some of whom are District 7 residents) asked for help, Wilson refused and publicly stated it was a "landlord-tenant dispute".

When city staff denied zoning concessions that the Developers wanted, Wilson questioned staff about the denial.

At the first and only community meeting regarding the Thatcher Development (held almost a year after Wilson first started meeting in private with the developers regarding the project) Wilson is asked if he sees a conflict:

Constituent: "You don't see any conflict?"
Wilson: "Uh no I do not.
Constituent: "Why don't you?"
Wilson: Next question!"

 

City denies Thatcher Zoning Concessions

Disneyland With the McLemores

Email Regarding Mclemore Payment to Wilson nonprofit

McLemore email to Tornek regarding Wilson

Pasadena Medical Building Flipped Los Angeles Business Journal

Pasadena Star News Wilson claims ignorance Sept 30 2016

Thatcher moved up on the agenda

Wilson asking for Thatcher Plans on Nov 20 2015

Wilson provides developer with advance warning of constituent position before hearing

Wilson sets July 13 2016 meeting with developer regarding Thatcher

Wilson telling constituent he does not know project status

Thatcher Developer and EB-5 program

Wilson states he is a "fan" of the Developers

$87 million to develop Thatcher

Wilson agrees to appear in china video for developer

Wilson questioning city staff regarding Thatcher

Creation of first LLC to purchase Thatcher

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