Cortes

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/06/2010 04:35:58 PM PDT

GRAND TERRACE – City councilwoman Bea Cortes committed no crime when she voted to pay more than $2,800 in public funds to a real estate company where she had a real estate license, the district attorney’s office has announced.

Twelve Grand Terrace citizens requested the investigation in January, alleging a conflict of interest during votes from 2006 to 2009.

Cortes received a letter Tuesday from Michael Ramos, San Bernardino district attorney, announcing that the investigation was closed.

Although Cortes does hold her license through Terra Loma Real Estate, Ramos’ investigation found no evidence she sold property through it or received income from the company during the period she voted to approve payments.

“Given the lack of evidence to support these allegations,” the letter reads, “it is our conclusion that your former relationship with Terra Loma did not constitute a `financial interest’ that must be disclosed pursuant to the provisions of the California Political Reform Act.”

Cortes was unavailable to comment, but her campaign consultant, Chris Jones, said the letter was welcome news.

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