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LA City Councilman's Son Didn't Have Required Degree For Lucrative Water District Job

LOS ANGELES ( — The son of a Los Angeles city councilman didn't meet the educational requirements for his six-figure salary job with a Southern California water district that is reportedly under federal investigation.

Gilbert Cedillo Jr., the son of Councilman Gil Cedillo, was hired as a business development manager two years ago by the Central Basin Municipal Water District, which is widely reported to be under scrutiny, along with State Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) and his brother, Tom Calderon, by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The official job requirements as listed on the Central Basin paperwork states that a bachelor's degree in public administration, business administration, management economics, marketing or related fields was required for Cedillo Jr.'s position.

According to a memo written in 2012 by the general manager of the water district, Cedillo Jr. agreed to complete a bachelor's degree in a related field to fulfill the requirements of the position, which means he didn't have the degree when he was hired and still didn't have it a year later.

Along with Cedillo Jr.'s nearly $113,000 salary, the district also agreed to pay Azusa Pacific University more than $22,000, so Cedillo Jr. could get the degree he was supposed to have.

Meantime, in a memo, the new general manager of the water district warned employees that under terms of Cedillo Jr.'s separation agreement—his job phases out at the end of the month—no district personnel, including board members and managers, could say anything disparaging about Cedillo Jr.'s personal life or professional work.


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