An audit of city finances concluded Industry paid more than $326 million to companies owned by former Mayor Dave Perez and his family over the past 20 years, much of it for vague or even erroneous invoices that possibly resulted in massive overpayments.
The Perez family has for decades had outsized influence in business-centric Industry, which has about 400 residents but $140 million in annual revenue. One of the original families to live in the region, the Perezes own various companies that have since the 1970s held lucrative contracts to provide city services. And on the political side, family members have served on the city council, planning commission and the redevelopment agency board before it was dismantled.
But the council could change dramatically depending on the outcome of the June 2 election — the city’s first election in 20 years. The city’s 105 registered voters will decide between the incumbents and the Perez-backed challengers: Cory Moss, a bookkeeper for C & C Engineering Inc; Mark Radecki, a supervisor for Square Root Golf & Landscape and the city manager’s brother; and Newell Ruggles, a manager with Haddick’s Towing.