LA City Councilman Jose Huizar arrested

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Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar listens to public comments before a City Council vote in Los Angeles, California, July 24, 2012. Photo by Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters.

Today the FBI arrested LA City Councilman Jose Huizar. Huizar chaired the powerful Planning and Land Use Committee. In a press conference today, U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna announced an indictment accusing the councilman of running a pay-to-play scheme, in which he took big bribes from developers to make sure their projects got favorable treatment during the city approval process. Federal prosecutors have been circling the councilman ever since the feds raided his offices two years ago.