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Azusa : Calendar Readings End

January 10, 1991

There may be threats of war elsewhere around the globe, but in the Azusa City Council chambers, there is peace at last.

The battle of the consent calendar is over.

For months, three council members had ritualistically walked off the council platform in silent protest whenever the calendar was read aloud. But despite the protests by Councilmen John R. Dangleis, Harry Stemrich and Anthony Naranjo--who said the reading wasted too much time--Councilman Stephen J. Alexander insisted on reading the calendar.

Alexander said reading the calendar, a number of routine items to be approved by the council in a single vote, fostered greater understanding and helped the vision impaired.

But after his fellow council members on Monday voted 4 to 1 to ban the readings, Alexander agreed to abide by the new rule.

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