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Small, financially troubled Maywood hires engineering firm slammed in audit

Small, financially troubled Maywood hires engineering firm slammed in audit

Eduardo De La Riva, a Maywood city council member, said he warned his colleagues that an engineering firm they were considering hiring might have been booted out of South El Monte because of questionable practices.

De La Riva said he heard from someone in South El Monte that the company, ECM Group Inc., had lost its contract over billings.

But that didn’t stop the council of the small, financially troubled city in southeast Los Angeles County from voting in May to hire the firm. The following month, South El Monte released an audit that accused ECM of...

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