The OC Political blog recently reported on the fundraising prowess of one of their clients, OC Board of Education Trustee Dr. Ken Williams, who was once the personal family physician to ousted Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona.
While perusing Williams’ contributions one of my readers noted that a guy named Shahvand Aryana went all in for $10,500. That is about ten times what William’s other supporters ponied up.
So who the heck is Aryana?
I found this embarrassing entry over at the Orange Juice Blog:
Shahvand Aryana – Yet another shady character who shows up on Dave Ellis’s 700 forms – not a politician and yet somehow in need of between 10 and 100 grand’s worth of Dave’s “consulting” expertise in 2006 – Mr. Aryana owned and operated “Pharaoh’s Lost Kingdom Adventure Park” in the town of Redlands, known in the late aughts for its popular “rave” parties. In the first half of 2009 alone, there had been 99 drug-related arrests at these very profitable raves, and although Mr. Aryana agreed with Redlands Police to limit admission to age 18 and over, he repeatedly reneged on that agreement resulting in what Redlands Daily Facts described as “boys and girls, ages 13, 14 and 15, under the influence of drugs and running around dressed only in underwear, vulnerable to situations no one wants to talk about or even think about.” Still, that represented the least of the 32 code violations dogging that park under Aryana’s tenure – “Neglect of the park is evident in swimming pools with only puddles of stagnant water and on a go-kart track used as storage for old cars. The structures and surrounding amusements are generally in disrepair. Weeds and dirt cover most of the park.” Eventually – although he fought hard in court – Ellis’ client Shahvand Aryana lost his permit to run the place, and, after being shuttered for some time, it is now under new management.
According to Forbes, Aryana is currently the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Aryana Management Group, LLC. AMG is an integrated real estate development company that represents both sellers and buyers during sales, mergers, and reorganizations. Before founding AMG, Shahvand Aryana was Vice President/Owner of Golden State Poppy Flowers, Inc.
I must say I am at a total loss as to why some developer would donate over ten thousand dollars to Williams. Don’t expect his campaign consultants, who publish the OC Political blog, to fess up. Perhaps one of our readers can sort this one out.
You have to wonder though if Carona, who continues to languish in jail, introduced Aryana to Williams?