Former Pico Rivera mayor Ronald Beilke is on trial this week, defending himself against an array of felony and misdemeanor charges related to his Wienerschnitzel restaurant, a traffic signal, colored concrete, and movie tickets. At least he knows that, with the hot dog business, he won't end up working a surf museum parking lot. Pico Rivera's former public works director testified Tuesday that Beilke and former city manager Chuck Fuentes told his staff to add a traffic signal and colored concrete to a project at Rosemead and Washington, right in front of the Wienerschnitzel's shopping center. But Fuentes testified yesterday that the light and the concrete "were supposed to be part of the original plans for the Rosemead Boulevard project," according to the Whittier Daily News, and said they were "left out inadvertently." Beilke's lawyer argued that the Wienerschnitzel hasn't benefited from the signal and concrete, and in fact "financial documents will show Beilke lost a total $100,000 'in his hotdog stand' for 2007, 2008 and 2009." The ex-mayor is also accused of failing to properly report $3,464 in free movie passes.
· Ex-Pico Rivera official testifies Beilke interfered in construction project near his business while on City Council [Whittier Daily News]
· Former Pico Rivera city manager testifies ex-mayor didn't make changes to project [Whittier Daily News]