Yeah I know, just when you thought it couldnâ€™t get any worse for Andy Quach. When Andy Quachâ€™s attorney Bart Kasperowicz got up before the Westminster City Council to praise his client, while not revealing that fact in his remarks, it got me thinking. I wondered, wouldnâ€™t be interesting to see if Mr. Kasperowicz had represented clients before the city and if Andy had voted on those matters.
First I need to give you a little background here. Bart Kasperowicz and Councilman Quach have a long history. In January 2003 Councilman Quach appointed Kasperowicz to the Westminster Cultural Arts Commission. Kasperowicz has represented numerous clients before the Planning Commission and City Council over the years that Councilman Quach has been a member of the Council. On those occasions Councilman Quach, as far as I have been able to determine, has always voted in favor of those clients.
On May 28, 2008, Kasperowicz spoke in favor continuing the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for Citryst Restaurant, located at 15440 Brookhurst Street. This is the same restaurant I wrote about in my post QuachGate: Itâ€™s a Bloomin Onion.
On September 26, 2008 Quach was cited by the Seal Beach Police Department for driving in excess of 100 miles per hour. He retained legal counsel to represent him in that case. That counsel was Mr. Kasperowicz. On November 5, 2008 the citation was dismissed, apparently because the City of Seal Beach did not send the officer to testify at trial.
Seven days later on November, 12, 2008 Kasperowicz represented an applicantfor permission to erect a billboard. Councilman Quach made the motion for the Council to approve the billboard request and it was approved by a 4-0 vote with Mayor Rice abstaining.
In that same meeting the next item on the agenda was the extension of the operating hours for Citryst Restaurant. At this point Planning Commission records from October 15, 2008indicate that Kasperowicz was the representative for the applicant, Citryst. In this case, Quach seconded the motion to extend the operating hours to 12:30 am daily with a review in six months. The extension of operating hours was approved on a 5-0 vote.
On April 15, 2009, the Westminster Police Department presented their recommendation to the Planning Commissionfor the revocation of the CUP for Citryst Restaurant. At that meeting Kasperowicz requested that the Commission delay consideration of the matter and defer it to the Council meeting scheduled for May 13, 2009 when the Council would be hearing the appeal of the suspension of Citrystâ€™s permit by the Police Department. On a 3-2 vote, the Commission denied the staff request to schedule a public hearing to consider the revocation of Citrystâ€™s CUP.
Councilman Quach was not at the Council meeting on May 13, 2009 and the Council voted to defer the hearing on the matter until their next meeting on May 27, 2009. At that meeting Councilman Quach made the motion to pull the matterof the Suspension appeal off the agenda from consideration. Quach also moved to pull the matter of review of Citrystâ€™s CUPfrom consideration as well. Both motions passed 5-0. The result of these actions appears to indicate that Citryst ended up with out a 21 day suspension of their CUP and no further reviews by the Council or Planning Commission related to their actions.
On August 2, 2009, Councilman Andy Quach was released to his attorney Bart Kasperowicz by the Westminster Police two hours early as a â€œcourtesyâ€ after his DUI arrest. Mr. Kasperowicz has also represented Assemblyman Van Tran in efforts to silence Tran’s critics.
Is it just me, or does anyone else see a conflict of interest here?
Weâ€™ll keep digging. Anyone have a ladder, this rabbit hole is getting deep.