December 2, 2011 |
A federal judge in Los Angeles dismissed the corruption convictions of the top two executives of Azusa power equipment company Lindsey Manufacturing Co., saying Justice Department prosecutors committed a host of misdeeds that prohibited the defendants from a fair trial. In a lengthy and scathing ruling, U.S. District Judge A. Howard Matz said government attorneys allowed an FBI agent to present false testimony to a grand jury, inserted false statements into search warrant applications and unlawfully intercepted emails between a defendant and a defense attorney.
December 5, 1985
Azusa has begun its first economic development program to attract industries and businesses to the city. A $25,000 contract with Braun & Co., a Los Angeles public relations firm, calls for a media campaign to promote Azusa to developers. The promotional campaign, aimed for nationwide distribution, will advertise Azusa's access to freeways and railroad lines, city-owned utilities and a labor pool. A spokesman said city officials have planned an economic development package for several months.
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June 8, 2011 |
An Azusa street gang's campaign against blacks began during a meeting at a local park in 1992. From there, prosecutors contend, the predominantly Latino street gang went on the attack. Graffiti with racial epithets began appearing around town, including "Get out N…" sprayed on garage doors of some black residents. Gang members allegedly beat up blacks they found in their "territory," telling one man "We hate n… in Azusa. This is Azusa. " Document: Azusa 13 indictment Over about 15 years, blacks were assaulted, chased and robbed, their property vandalized, in a "crime spree to drive African Americans out of the city of Azusa," said U.S. Atty.
June 19, 1986
The City Council, which hired the Los Angeles public relations firm of Braun & Co. 10 months ago to improve Azusa's image and attract developers, has terminated the $4,000-a-month contract. City Administrator Lloyd Wood said the council decided that the service did not justify the expense. He said the city has no plans to hire another public relations consultant, but he may ask the council to consider hiring a staff information officer.
May 14, 1987
More than 1,000 volunteers will pick up litter in San Gabriel Canyon on May 30 in a program sponsored by the county and the Hughes Fullerton Employees Assn. Ecology Club, according to Supervisor Pete Schabarum. The cleanup, called Super Sweep 1987, will start at 7:30 a.m. at the Rincon Fire Station on Highway 39, about nine miles north of Azusa. The effort will continue until 1 p.m. Participants will receive free T-shirts and refreshments.
April 20, 1989
The City Council, in an effort to stem the influx of large apartment complexes, is considering a zoning proposal that would establish a three-unit limit on parcels in six designated neighborhoods. The area, most of which is zoned for multifamily residences, is roughly bounded by Azusa and San Gabriel avenues between Foothill Boulevard and Sierra Madre Avenue. The proposal would require more space between buildings and more landscaping. At Monday's meeting, the council had considered taking action, but decided to continue discussing the matter at its May 15 meeting.