FTR's owner, Nizar Katbi, declined requests for an interview.
In a recent letter to the trustees, Katbi
made "full disclosure" to the district about its consulting payments to Gateway
has done NOTHING unethical," he
, too, has been a top donor to the trustees.
, which he
founded in 1984, has built school buildings, police stations and athletic facilities across Southern California.
Overall, it has won $232 million in contracts with the district construction program.
In December 2007, Katbi
sought speedy payment of a $1.4-million bill for concrete and steel framing work, along with installation of water pipes, air ducts and electrical cables.
At a meeting at the Mission campus, Katbi
, who is of Middle Eastern descent, screamed at the inspector, called him a racist and threatened to sue him, according to a complaint McCarthy filed with the district and written reports from witnesses.
In both cases, records show, Katbi
negotiated a price directly with Gateway's Quintanilla: $960,000 for the pipeline work and $1 million for the trenching.
Nine months after FTR
received the money, Katbi
acknowledged that his
firm had actually performed just $30,000 in survey work for the pipeline, according to a summary of a meeting attended by Katbi
and Gateway managers.
in his proposal in the hope of improving FTR's
chances of getting the job.