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District Attorney’s office closes case on Kellar loan

Posted: February 10, 2012 6:40 p.m.
Updated: February 10, 2012 6:40 p.m.
 


The District Attorney's office announced Friday it had closed the case on an investigation into a loan to Santa Clarita City Council member and incumbent Bob Kellar made by a local developer.

District Attorney's spokeswoman Shiara Davila-Morales said late Friday afternoon that the case, made public earlier this week, was closed. Davila-Morales could not give further information as to why the matter was closed, and others in the District Attorney's office could not be reached for comment.

Ed Colley, one of three challengers in the April race for City Council, sent a complaint to the Fair Political Practices Commission and the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office regarding the loan from developer Larry Rasmussen to Kellar, who with Mayor Laurie Ender is seeking re-election to the council.

The loan - which a form stated was for more than $10,000 but not more than $100,000 - was received in May. Ed Colley's claim states that the loan violated the Political Reform Act since Rasmussen's company, Spirit Properties Ltd., signed a 15-year contract in 1998 with the city of Santa Clarita.

Kellar said Friday he had received a call from L.A. County District Attorney Steve Cooley himself, who stated that the letter had been reviewed by the Public Integrity Division. Kellar said he was told the matter was "baseless" and "without merit" and stemmed from a complaint by a fellow candidate.

"I certainly appreciate the District Attorney's office taking a review of this matter in such a speedy manner," Kellar said.

Kellar added that he wished he could have been addressed about the complaint before it was sent to the District Attorney's office and the Fair Political Practices Commission.

"I know that I have not violated any laws and I have acted with complete integrity in this matter," Kellar said.

Steve Cooley has endorsed Kellar for the 2012 City Council election, and Kellar confirmed the district attorney attended a fundraiser on Kellar's behalf Thursday evening. Kellar added that Steve Cooley was a man of great integrity and would never jeopardize his integrity.

Randy Wrage, a spokesman for Spirit Properties, reiterated a statement given on Thursday that the company did not believe the loan was improper.

"We never thought there was any impropriety and we're happy to have that confirmed by the district attorney," Wrage said.

The Fair Political Practices Commission could not be reached late Friday afternoon about the status of its investigation of the claim about the loan.

Ed Colley could not be reached for comment about the district attorney's ruling Friday evening.

 

 

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