Recent Event Highlights: Permit firm landed plum job at the Rim shopping center, De Leon related to owner of permit firm, City Manager Sheryl Sculley sends memo to City Council, WOAI airs story about building inspectors being investigated, Building inspector resigns, Building inspector resigns, and 2 more...
Created by John_Tedesco on Mar 28, 2010
Last updated: 01/23/11 at 12:08 PM
Tags: San Antonio FBI Police City Hall Development Services Planning Corruption Fernando De Leon
When developer Stan Thomas began transforming an old limestone quarry into the Rim, an 800-acre shopping center on the far North Side, he said his company needed help navigating San Antonio's complex permit process.
“I was told I had to use every consultant known to man,” said Thomas, owner of Thomas Enterprises Inc.
One of those consulting firms was a newcomer called Rapid Permit Services Inc. Thomas said the firm lived up to its name — it efficiently shepherded permit applications through the Planning and Development Services Department.
But Thomas said he had no idea at least one of the firm's owners is related to Fernando De León, a city employee who approved some of the paperwork for the Rim, records show. De León's sister owns Rapid Permit Services, according to public records.
News story about Rapid Permit Services Inc. and its ties to Fernando De Leon.
Federal agents and police detectives seized computers and files from De León's office.
Memo explains city is investigating building inspectors
“I want to say this. The city will not tolerate any unethical conduct on the part of our employees and we will take immediate action," said Rod Sanchez with the San Antonio City Planning and Development Department.
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Building inspections supervisor Ernest Martinez resigns after city takes steps to fire him.
Sometime in the summer of 2009, federal authorities met with Pape-Dawson Engineers Inc. to learn more about Fernando De Leon and a small permit company.
Rebeca Lopez is named as the registrant and sole director of the company. She also goes by the name Rebeca De Leon Lopez, and her husband said she is the sister of Fernando De Leon
Marcela Alicia Marquez, the registrant, listed a Laredo address that matches a previous address of Fernando De Leon.