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November 30, 2007 | Sam Quinones
The Bell Gardens City Council fired its city clerk this week, amid controversy involving delinquent campaign filings. City officials have declined to comment, but City Clerk Martha Zermeno said she was fired after three years on the job. Zermeno said she came under fire from council members when she reported to state officials that Councilman Mario Beltran hadn't filed mandatory campaign contribution reports.
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November 1, 2007 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
Bell Gardens City Councilman Mario Beltran was charged Wednesday with three counts of failing to file campaign contribution reports with the state. Beltran would be prohibited from running for public office for four years if he is convicted of the misdemeanors. "That's the kicker," said David Demerjian, who heads the district attorney's public corruption unit. "He would not be removed from office. But he would not be able to run."
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June 22, 2007 | Andrew Blankstein and Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writers
Bell Gardens Councilman Mario Beltran is suspected of steering a $5-million automobile towing contract to a company connected to an old friend and business associate, according to a Los Angeles police affidavit released Thursday. L.A. police also allege that Beltran's City Council colleague Daniel Crespo received an unspecified threat when he raised "issues" over the contract.
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June 21, 2007 | Andrew Blankstein and Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles police served search warrants Wednesday at the home and City Hall office of Bell Gardens Councilman Mario Beltran in connection with an investigation into alleged criminal threats, authorities said. The search warrants stem from a February complaint that an unnamed individual was threatened and had a conversation surreptitiously overheard by another party, said Lt. Paul Vernon, commander of the LAPD's Central Division detectives.
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March 24, 2007 | Charles Proctor, Times Staff Writer
Bell Gardens City Councilman Mario Beltran was convicted Friday of filing a false police report claiming he was robbed, ending a weeklong trial that touched on sex, alcohol and racial slurs. The charge stemmed from a night last June that began with Beltran drinking alcohol at a downtown Los Angeles club and ended with the councilman passed out in the hallway of a hotel used by prostitutes, according to witnesses.
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March 17, 2007 | Charles Proctor, Times staff writer
A security guard testified Friday that he found a Bell Gardens councilman passed out drunk on the second floor of a downtown Los Angeles hotel used by prostitutes. Another witness testified that he heard Councilman Mario Beltran call a woman a racial slur during the June 2006 incident at the Huntington Hotel, on Main Street between 7th and 8th streets. Beltran, on trial at the Downey branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court, is accused of filing a false police report, a misdemeanor.
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February 9, 2007 | Maura Dolan, Times Staff Writer
Ruling against a former Bell Gardens City Council member, the California Supreme Court decided Thursday that public officials may be guilty of corruption even if they relied on a government attorney's opinion that their conduct was legal. The unanimous decision clears the way for the prosecution of ex-council member Maria Chacon, who was charged with conflict of interest after allegedly pressuring other council members to appoint her city manager.
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November 24, 2005 | Valerie Reitman, Times Staff Writer
A man and a woman were killed and another woman hospitalized in critical condition following a shooting in Bell Gardens on Wednesday, authorities said. The victims were in a car parked near Bell Gardens Elementary School in the 5600 block of Quinn Street, near Eastern Avenue, about 4 p.m. when the shooting occurred. Police, paramedics and fire department personnel arrived to find the three slumped over in the car. Each had been shot at least once, said Capt.
SPORTS
October 22, 2005
A look at some of the best efforts Friday from games reported to The Times: * Donald Green, Compton: Rushed for 331 yards and five touchdowns in eight carries in a 55-0 Moore League victory over Long Beach Millikan. *--* RUSHING *--* * Jeremy Avery, Bellflower: Gained 305 yards and scored three touchdowns in 21 carries in a 38-14 Suburban League victory over Norwalk.
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