Los Angeles City Hall just lost its resident Robin Hood, or maybe it was more like Keyser Söze. Former councilman José Huizar, once a beacon of hope for Boyle Heights, traded his halo for a Rolex and traded constituent service for cash in a Vegas-worthy scandal that just landed him 13 years in the slammer.
This isn't your average political peccadillo. Huizar wasn't just dipping his pinky toe in the corruption pool; he was doing the backstroke with a wad of bills clenched between his teeth. He was the El Chapo of City Hall, allegedly shaking down developers for millions in exchange for building permits smoother than a Hollywood agent's charm offensive.