LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Beatriz Stotzer, a Los Angeles Housing Commissioner, has resigned her post following a David Goldstein investigation that asked if her two sons were given preferential treatment in getting low-income apartments.
Goldstein’s investigation revealed Stotzer’s sons took vacations in Rome and Paris…and one drover a Mercedes, all the while claiming to qualify for low-income apartments in the Tierra Del Sol housing project.
Nicholas Stotzer, 30, moved into his apartment in July 2005 and paid just above $550 for a one-bedroom. Antonio Stotzer, 26, moved into the same building a year later paying $362 for his one-bedroom.
Stotzer was Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s top appointee at the City Housing Authority.
The resignation also follows a report that the Los Angeles County District Attorney was starting an inquiry and that the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development had begun a review.
Stotzer reportedly resigned in a one-page letter to Villaraigosa. In the letter, she made no mention of the inquiries.
She reportedly wrote, “It has become clear to me that my ability to further the important work that lies ahead can be best accomplished outside of the agency.”
The mayor thanked Stotzer for her work on the commission and insisted to David Goldstein that he did not force her out.