Among the investors in BMR Digital are four current and former city employees and the brother of former city manager Rene Bobadilla, according to court documents.
, who headed the city when the agreement with BMR Digital
was approved, said the company was selected because it had the lowest bid.
This was a vendor the city had used for years.
It wasnt any special treatment, Bobadilla
said the increase was the result of a decision to put anti-graffiti coating on the signs.
Bobadilla left El Monte in July 2012 and is now city manager of Huntington Park.
didnt notice the signs werent installed and had no information that things werent going according to plan.
By January 2011, the company was under court-ordered receivership.
That is when Bobadilla
learned the contract had been breached.
The lengthy delays in the manufacturing were caused by issues over the inclusion of block numbers on the signs, he
The city made several attempts in the following months to have the contract fulfilled or the money returned, sending repeated demand letters to the receiver.
I will tell you, I did everything in my power to correct the situation once I knew what happened, Bobadilla