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City's Building and Safety GM Officially Resigns, Under Fire for Alleged Post Pub-Crawl Rape
Yesterday the Mayor's office announced the appointment of Raymond Chan as the interim General Manager of the City's Department of Building and Safety, following the resignation of its previous holder, Andrew Adelman. Adelman had been out of the position on paid leave in August, after allegations arose that "he raped an unconscious woman after a pub crawl organized by city employees in July," according to the LA Weekly.Since being asked to step out of the office Adelman has retained high-profile attorney Mark Geragos (see: Chris Brown v. Rihanna) but has not been arrested. He allegedly accosted the victim while she slept; in the search warrant affidavit she claims she "awoke mid-rape next to a nude, aroused Adelman wielding a trio of invasive sex toys."
Adelman also left office following several years of questionable business practices, including having held a "Casino Night" aimed at "solicit[ing] donations from developers," in 2005. In 2006, then-City Controller Laura Chick made Adelman and his Department the focus of one of her many audits, ultimately finding "the department was failing to supervise building inspectors, was giving patently preferential treatment to big developers, and was manipulating statistics -- essentially, lying -- to make Building and Safety seem efficient. Chick also found 'tricks and games in how it oversees some of its funds.'"
The Mayor's press release regarding Adelman's resignation focuses predictably and exclusively on Chan's appointment and not the man who preceded him in the role. Chan is, however, an internal hire:
Prior to his current position, Mr. Chan was Executive Officer Department of Building and Safety. In this role, he was responsible for ensuring proper department-wide administration of the City’s zoning, building, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical codes, as well as engineering, energy, and disabled access regulations; and all state and local laws related to construction and maintenance of commercial, industrial, and residential buildings.