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The Region : Meeting on County Cuts

July 01, 1993

County Supervisor Gloria Molina is presiding over a community meeting in La Puente tonight on cutbacks in the 1993-94 county budget.

"It is important that the community attend this presentation to clearly understand the severe impact this year's budget is going to have on their daily lives," she said.

The county expects to lose $299 million in funding to schools under the state budget. The tentative budget calls for the closure of a public hospital, four jails, eight sheriff's stations, 23 parks and eight libraries.

Health services would be cut by $191.6 million, and mental health services would be cut by $42.1 million.

The community meeting is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Bassett Park's senior center, 510 N. Vineland Ave., La Puente.


The county public works and sanitation departments will collect household hazardous waste from San Gabriel Valley residents on July 17 in Monrovia and July 24 in Monterey Park.

Household hazardous waste includes motor oil, paint, pesticides, garden herbicides, antifreeze, car batteries and cleaners with acids or lye. It is illegal to dispose of such waste in the trash or sewers.

Collection on July 17 will be at the Shamrock Business Center, 1600 S. Shamrock Ave., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Monterey Park collection site will be open the same hours July 24 at East Los Angeles College, 1301 Brooklyn Ave., in the parking lot at Bleakwood Avenue and Floral Drive.


People learning to swim at county pools in Arcadia and Temple City will have to pay starting today.

The Board of Supervisors last week imposed a $20 fee for swimming lessons that have traditionally been free. The fee buys 10 one-hour lessons.

County parks officials say they will attempt to obtain scholarships from private groups for swimming lessons for needy children.

Supervisors also increased greens fees at the county's golf courses for 18 holes from $15.50 to $17 on weekdays and up to $21 on weekends.

Despite the new fees, a $9.48-million shortfall in the Parks and Recreation Department budget could force the closure of 23 parks, officials said.



The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved an $82.7-million budget for fiscal year 1993-94 but delayed a decision on a controversial plan to triple a tax on property sales.

Council members, who gave preliminary approval to the "documentary transfer tax" in May, agreed to re-examine the proposal in a month.

The tax would be raised from 55 cents to $1.65 for every $500 of a property's sales price. On a $250,000 house, the increase would be from $275 to $825 and would be paid by the seller.

Officials for the West San Gabriel Valley Assn. of Realtors told council members that the tax increase was unfair because it targets a few to benefit everyone.

City Manager Julio J. Fuentes said the tax is equitable because it applies to all sales and is low compared to other cities' taxes.

The city and the county split the 55 cents. Under the new proposal, the city would get $1.10 and the county 55 cents.

Meanwhile, council members approved $325,000 in other taxes, including applying the business license tax to public utility companies and applying the utility user tax to cellular telephone calls.

Monterey Park


Marie T. Purvis has been elevated to the mayor's position in Monterey Park, and Judy Chu becomes mayor pro tem.

The City Council rotates the positions every 9 1/2 months, based on seniority.

Purvis, an art gallery owner, is a former Chamber of Commerce president who was elected to the council in 1990.



Sheriff's Department homicide investigators have identified a woman who was found dead last week in the bushes along Turnbull Canyon Road. Alicia Marie Carter, 24, of Bassett was stabbed about 20 times in the upper torso. Investigators said the time and place of death have not been determined.

The body was found June 23 by a person walking along Turnbull Canyon Road between the Whittier city line and Skyline Drive. A Sheriff's Department spokesman said the killing might be gang-related.



A deeply divided board of education has approved a dress code emphasizing solid colors and conservative styles for Don Benito Fundamental School, the first in the Pasadena Unified School District.

Board members, divided over how restrictive the dress code should be, decided to make participation voluntary the first year. The policy will be reviewed next year.

The vote was 3-2, with board President George Van Alstine and board member Elbie J. Hickambottom dissenting. Hickambottom argued that the dress code infringes on individual rights and inhibits free expression.

The dress code allows students to wear long pants, walking shorts or skirts in khaki, navy, gray, denim or plaid. Blouses, shirts, sweat shirts and sweaters must be in a solid color. School Bobcat insignia T-shirts and sweat shirts will be allowed.

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