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Southeast / Long Beach

August 17, 1995

PEP TALK: It was time for optimism: a new city administrator who expresses confidence that he can pull Hawaiian Gardens from its financial quandary, pay its employees in coming weeks and balance its budget by early next year.

"I can get a city out of some gnarly financial situations," said Charles Gomez, chosen Tuesday night as the city's acting city administrator. Gomez has worked as a city official in Bell Gardens, Norwalk, Lynwood and Torrance.

The council, facing a budget deficit of nearly $1.5 million, last week fired its former administrator, Nelson Oliva.

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