The existence of the federal investigation became known in early November after agents raided the home and office of Councilman Jose Huizar, the Downtown L.A. official, who was chairman of the powerful Planning and Land Use Committee.
In those capacities, Huizar held significant decision-making authority over development in booming Downtown. He has since been stripped of his committee appointments.
Federal agents are seeking evidence of bribery, extortion, money laundering, conspiracy, and other crimes, according to the search warrant. No one has been arrested or charged with a crime.
It was previously revealed that the FBI was scrutinizing donations to Huizar’s campaign and his high school alma mater — where his wife Richelle worked as a fundraiser — from influential developers before and after Huizar supported their large projects in his district. Firms that donated include Greenland USA, Related Companies and Skanska, all of which have major projects underway in the area.