CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 1992
Former Bell Gardens City Manager Claude L. Booker, who was fired in March after the recall of four Anglo City Council members, is suing the city for breach of his $124,000-a-year contract. Booker, who had worked for the city off and on since 1967, was one of four high-ranking officials--including the city clerk, the city attorney and the police chief--who were fired or left office when a Latino majority council was elected.
June 6, 1993 |
A plan to hire an ombudsman to investigate residents' complaints about city employees has been abandoned by the City Council, after an advisory panel split over what the ombudsman should do and who should be selected. The position was suggested in March by Councilman George T. Deitch, who said he wanted to employ a person at City Hall--preferably someone bilingual--who could impartially handle residents' allegations of mistreatment by city staff.
June 12, 1994 |
Michael Estrada, who has served as interim city attorney, has been hired to the post by the City Council. Estrada's first task was to design a fee schedule that will save the city thousands of dollars annually in legal expenses. He has delivered his proposal to the city manager but would not discuss his fees until after the City Council sees them on Monday. Henry Barbosa was fired as city attorney last summer, in part because his rates were too high.