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October 31, 1985
The Bell Gardens Plaza, a commercial development at Florence and Eastern avenues, will kick off a three-day grand opening celebration with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. Friday. Clowns, mariachi bands and $100 gift certificate giveaways are scheduled throughout the weekend. The shopping center, whose main stores are a Toys 'R Us and McCoy's Market, also has restaurants and variety shops.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Despite support from law enforcement including LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, a measure that would require smartphones to have enabled "kill switches" failed in a close vote Thursday in the California Senate. With the telecommunications industry, including Microsoft, lobbying hard against the bill, it failed on a 19-17 vote, two votes short of the tally needed for passage. It was granted a chance to come up for another vote in the future. Beck campaigned for the measure as a way to reduce often violent thefts of the phones that have increased more than 30% since 2011 in his city.
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SPORTS
February 27, 2001 | DARIN ESPER
Bell Gardens High won its third consecutive Southern Section Division III girls' water polo championship Monday, defeating North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake, 13-2, at Belmont Plaza Pool. Bell Gardens (31-1), which had its 85-game winning streak ended by Division I champion Santa Ana Foothill on Feb. 3, got two goals from Jenny Rueda in the first quarter to take a 2-0 lead.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2014 | By Jean Merl, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
The controversy over a stalled effort to overturn a state ban on affirmative action spilled into a hot race for Congress this week when six Democratic state legislators rescinded their endorsements of state Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance). In a March 25 letter mailed to Lieu's congressional campaign office, the legislators asked their colleague to "remove our names from your list of endorsements for Congress. " As of Wednesday evening, the names no longer were listed under the endorsement page on Lieu's campaign website . The letter was signed by Lieu state Senate colleagues Ricardo Lara of Bell Gardens, Norma Torres of Pomona and Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles and by Assembly members Lorena Gonzalez of San Diego, Anthony Rendon of Lakewood and Jose Medina of Riverside.
NEWS
March 8, 1992
Bell Gardens population: 42,355 Special election: Tuesday, March 10 On the ballot: Ten candidates for four at-large seats There are no incumbents George T. Deitch Age: 45 Occupation: Real estate sales Remarks: "I am running for office because I am tired of people getting oppressed and unjustly treated. My beef is with the city manager. He is a political machine, and I want him out." Frank B.
NEWS
February 27, 1986
A moratorium on building permits in the Central City Project redevelopment area has been extended by the City Council for 10 months and 15 days. The extension, approved Monday, was necessary to give the Planning Department time to complete a zoning study that will eventually update the zoning ordinance, said Maria Aguirre, assistant city manager.
SPORTS
February 21, 2003 | From Staff Reports
For a team that has never lost in the Southern Section girls' water polo playoffs, Bell Gardens still felt it had something to prove Thursday in its Division I first-round game at Lake Forest El Toro. The Lancers came away successful, knocking off El Toro, 8-7, behind strong performances from goalkeeper Barbara Diaz and drivers Jeanette Diaz and Denise Madrid.
BUSINESS
March 28, 2014 | By Soumya Karlamangla
Monday is the deadline for beginning the process of enrolling for Obamacare in California. California's health insurance exchange Covered California can be reached online at http://www.coveredca.com or by phone at (800) 300-1506. Here is a sampling of events in Los Angeles and Orange counties and the Inland Empire this weekend where Californians can get information and sign up for health insurance offered through Covered California. SATURDAY LOS ANGELES COUNTY 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. AltaMed Health Insurance Resource Center, 5436 E. Whittier Blvd., Los Angeles 90022 (for appointments call 1-877-462-2582)
SPORTS
March 11, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 It was a day for the pitchers on Tuesday in high school baseball. There was Jack Flaherty of Harvard-Westlake outdueling Josh Garcia of Chatsworth, 1-0. Flaherty struck out nine and gave up four hits. Garcia, a sophomore, struck out six and gave up two hits. Tyler Radcliffe allowed three hits and Chris Betts hit a home run in Long Beach Wilson's 1-0 win over El Dorado. Sophomore Zack Noll threw a three-hitter in Great Oak's 1-0 win over Santa Fe Christian. Matt Campbell of Simi Valley struck out nine and allowed four hits in a 1-0 win over Rio Mesa.
OPINION
December 28, 2013
Since Steve Lopez's first column last week on Carmen Mendoza - the Bell Gardens mother who endures 15-hour workdays and rides up to nine buses a day to shuttle her children to high-quality but distant schools - more than two dozen readers have written to express their awe at her dedication to her family. Some told of how Lopez's most recent column on Wednesday - a follow-up piece reporting how reader Hector Delgadillo and his employees bought Mendoza a family car - moved them to tears.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Governor Jerry Brown made a rare visit to southeast Los Angeles County on Monday for an unveiling of plans for a new casino building in Hawaiian Gardens, a 1-square-mile city bordering Orange County. It was the second time in little more than a month that the governor has been on hand to celebrate a local casino project, even though he doesn't often make public appearances. “I come here today because I want to recognize a family and a business that is contributing to the local community,” Brown told reporters and local officials outside the Gardens Casino, gathered inside a tent with a carpet, potted plants and a chandelier.
OPINION
November 29, 2013
Re "Jurors weigh fate of Spaccia," Nov. 23 I have personal experience doing business in the cities of southwest L.A. County, including Bell and Huntington Park. With the recent Bell scandal and governing crises in nearby cities, I believe residents would be better served if these cities pooled their resources. These municipalities have fiscal challenges, and I believe they would benefit by getting together. Why don't the cities of Bell, Bell Gardens, Maywood, Cudahy and Huntington Park merge into one city to save on all the duplicated services?
BUSINESS
November 28, 2013 | By James Barragan and Paresh Dave
In the early evening, in the thick of Thanksgiving dinnertime, another round of retailers opened their doors to deal-hunting shoppers. Toys R Us began welcoming customers at 5 p.m. At the store in Bell Gardens, Cathleen Leal, 35, had been waiting outside for 12 hours, making her the first person in line. For six of the last seven years, the Bell resident has been an avid holiday shopper. This year, her husband joined in. The pair's Thanksgiving dinner consists of a Starbucks run and Chinese food.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
Elected leaders from across southeast Los Angeles County called Wednesday for state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello) to step down amid a federal corruption investigation, saying that it is hurting their efforts to regain voters' trust after a series of scandals in the region.  At a news conference in Bell Gardens, council members from the cities of Bell, Commerce and Downey and the mayors of Downey, Montebello, Norwalk and South Gate...
BUSINESS
October 27, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown is famous for being unpredictable. Lawmakers and lobbyists at the Capitol say they're never quite sure whether he'll sign or veto a bill. Brown also has a penchant for showing up at their offices along with his dog Sutter, and for keeping his own counsel about appearing at one of the dozens of events he gets invited to each week. Journalists were surprised when the governor visited Bell Gardens on Tuesday to celebrate construction of a luxury hotel at the Bicycle Casino card room, off the 710 Freeway at Florence Avenue . Brown hailed the $45-million-plus investment, saying it would create "hundreds of construction and permanent hospitality jobs.
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