City Inspector Was Inspecting Own Plumbing Work, Ethics Commission Says

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A former Department of Building and Safety employee violated ethics laws by allegedly serving as the city inspector for a large construction project in Hollywood while also providing plumbing services for the project, according to a report from the executive director of the Los Angeles Ethics Commission. 

Commission Executive Director Heather Holt said that from December 2013 to June 2015, Eugene Day served as the city inspector for a project located at 6500 Selma Ave., while at the same time proving plumbing services for the project through his company, All Day Plumbing, and essentially inspecting and approving his own work. 

The general contractor on the Selma project, Ramland Construction, paid Day $541,000 for his subcontracting work, according to the report, which charges Day with one act of misuse of city position or authority and one act of unauthorized outside employment. The report also found that Day used his city position to obtain the subcontract on the Selma project, to help conceal his outside employment on the project, and to help the contactor, Ramland Construction, expedite construction and reduce expenses.Day  could not be reached for comment. 

A final determination on if any violation occurred, and if any fines will be levied against Day, will be made by the Ethics Commission.

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