Garcetti’s former deputy solicited donations from big real estate developers, emails show

Mayor Eric Garcetti's’ former deputy mayor, Raymond Chan, solicited donations from Chinese developers who wanted to build downtown. Now there are questions about whether that was pay-to-play. Chan no longer works for the city. But he and about two dozen people are being investigated by the FBI for alleged bribery, extortion, money laundering, and kickbacks. A couple of years ago, he was one of two men overseeing the mayor’s economic development plans. Emails from that time show Chan asking for donations to a charitable organization from companies waiting for city approval for their projects.