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Louis J. Heine: Lynwood Councilman and Former Mayor

March 24, 1997

Louis J. Heine, 75, a Lynwood councilman and former mayor. A World War II veteran and a longtime resident with a master's degree in education from Cal State Long Beach, Heine was a teacher and principal in the Lynwood Unified School District for many years before retiring in 1980. A former church bishop, Heine was first elected to the Lynwood City Council in 1987. On the council, he pushed for business development, graffiti cleanup, street repairs and increased arrests of drug dealers. Heine became mayor in November 1991 after winning election to a second term on the council. "He was a very nice man whose constituents loved him," said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Ben Lamothe. "He was always calling the station at night about problems his constituents had. He really cared about this community," Lamothe added. On Saturday night of a heart attack at St. Francis Hospital in Lynwood.

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