Water district laying off son of L.A. councilman

07/20/2013 12:00 AM

07/21/2013 10:52 AM

A Southern California water district under federal scrutiny has let go of Gilbert Cedillo Jr., the son of former assemblyman and current Los Angeles City Councilman Gil Cedillo Sr.

Cedillo had been working since April 2011 as a business development manager for the Central Basin Municipal Water District, which recently received a federal subpoena seeking more information on the southeastern Los Angles County water wholesaler's federal contracting practices and its relationship with former Assemblyman Tom Calderon, who did consulting work for the district.

"Gil is going to no longer be with the district as of July 31. He's on administrative leave until then," said Central Basin Municipal Water District spokesman Joseph Legaspi, who added that Cedillo was let go because funding is not available for his position through the next fiscal year.

According to Legaspi, Cedillo received an annual salary of $112,970 and had his tuition at Azusa Pacific University covered by the water district. Legaspi attributed the agreement to the district's previous administration, which saw turnover after a June 2012 election.

"The district did provide professional development assistance," Legaspi said.

Call Jeremy B. White, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 326-5543. Follow him on Twitter @CapitolAlert.

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