It appears that you don't have to be in the big leagues to get huge bribes and basically corrupt and possibly bankrupt your city. Your local city council can be just as twisted as anybody in DC!! Councilman Co basically was running a corrupt scheme to enrich himself and those who paid him tons of money to change property zoning to make their properties worth more.
Here's the link: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Mor…
Co met with the undercover operative who was posing as a real estate broker in the fall of 2012 to discuss the sale of a 30-acre parcel that he owned, according to court documents. Co told the broker that once he had control of the City Council he could change the zoning of the property, dramatically increasing the land value
SO, basically all the development may not be a good thing...right?