Tierra Luna consultant

Dear Editor:Here we go again! Shades of the city of Bell. According to the article "Consultant Hired for Tierra Luna Project," (3/24/11) the City Council approved a $125,000 contract with Tierra West Advisors to help the city "sift through negotiations" to redevelop the area currently occupied by Downey Studios. Coincidentally, John Yonai, a principal at Tierra West Advisors, was a contributor to Councilman Mario Guerra's reelection campaign, and a Downey planning commissioner, Louis Morales, happens to be on Tierra West Advisors' payroll as a senior associate. Should we be surprised that Tierra West Advisors was awarded the contract? Were any other firms considered? -- Ron Meyer, Downey

********** Published: March 31, 2011 - Volume 9 - Issue 50