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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2004 | Jean-Paul Renaud, Times Staff Writer
Maybe he knew he wasn't coming back. The hourlong drive in late May to take Roberto Abad back to Camp Pendleton -- one made many times before -- was a little more solemn. As his father drove, they chatted about soccer and future plans. It was not the first time Roberto Abad, 22, was leaving with his Marine unit to Iraq. Still, the parting hug was a little longer, a little tighter. Something was different.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2004 | Richard Marosi and Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writers
In a victory for prosecutors, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday that former Bell Gardens City Councilwoman Maria Chacon cannot use a novel legal defense that prosecutors believed would have led to her acquittal on a charge that she illegally orchestrated her appointment as city manager. The ruling by the 2nd District Court of Appeal prevents the use of the defense that prosecutors said would have hurt their ability to pursue political corruption cases across the county.
SPORTS
March 3, 2004 | Peter Yoon, John Ortega, Elia Powers
Edgar Garcia, a junior midfielder, scored twice and the Bell Gardens boys' soccer team posted its fourth consecutive shutout with a 3-0 victory over Quartz Hill in a Southern Section Division I semifinal between unseeded teams played in a cold rain Tuesday at Quartz Hill. Nestor Solorzano struck first for Bell Gardens (18-4-3) when he headed in a throw-in during the 24th minute.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2003 | Teresa Watanabe, Times Staff Writer
For several long weeks, Londy and Benjamin Cabrera have weighed an excruciating dilemma: Facing impending deportation, should they take their two U.S. citizen daughters with them? Or should they leave them behind with relatives for the blessings of an American life -- in particular, better schooling for 9-year-old Jocelyn and 11-year-old Diana, a straight-A honors student? But this week, the Bell Gardens family received at least a temporary reprieve when U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep.
REAL ESTATE
March 23, 2003 | Diane Wedner, Times Staff Writer
Capping a 12-year effort, city officials from Bell Gardens and Commerce last week celebrated the grand opening of Vista Del Rio, one of the largest single-family housing projects in southeast Los Angeles County. The $18-million development includes 102 affordable Spanish Mission homes on a 10-acre parcel that straddles both cities. The three- and four-bedroom homes are in 1,700 square feet and feature wood-burning fireplaces and wall-to-wall carpeting.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2003 | Richard Marosi, Times Staff Writer
In a surprise ending to an unusual political corruption case, a judge Wednesday dismissed a felony count against a former Bell Gardens councilwoman after prosecutors, just before the trial's start, decided not to proceed. Maria S. Chacon was accused of orchestrating her appointment -- through influence peddling and votes -- to the high-paying post of city manager. The prosecutors' case collapsed after Superior Court Judge Michael Johnson ruled that Chacon could raise a novel entrapment defense.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2003 | Richard Marosi, Times Staff Writer
The former political power broker of Bell Gardens goes on trial this week, accused of orchestrating her appointment in 2000 to a high-paying administrative post while on the City Council. Maria S. Chacon, a Mexican immigrant whose leadership helped transform politics in the working-class city, is charged with violating a conflict-of-interest law in a two-pronged plan: First, by voting for a measure that cleared the way for her appointment as city manager.
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