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January 23, 1998 | RICHARD WINTON and NICHOLAS RICCARDI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Potentially deepening a political crisis that has roiled West Covina City Hall, a man involved in a minor 1996 traffic accident with Mayor Ben Wong said Wong claimed to be a policeman while flashing a badge issued to City Council members, then confiscated the motorist's driver's license.
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January 23, 1998 | RICHARD WINTON and NICHOLAS RICCARDI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Potentially deepening a political crisis that has roiled West Covina City Hall, a man involved in a minor 1996 traffic accident with Mayor Ben Wong said Wong claimed to be a policeman while flashing a badge issued to City Council members, then confiscated the motorist's driver's license.
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September 23, 1995
West Covina Mayor Steve Herfert believes crime in the city's Paseo neighborhood deserves immediate attention. Herfert has introduced a plan to combat what he called a "growing Paseo crime spree" by adding more police protection, both public and private. His proposal suggests drawing nearly $300,000 from other sources to pay for a private security force, three additional police officers and raises to attract more reserve officers. The City Council ordered further study of crime in the area.
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April 10, 1998
Restaurants will soon have to post their ratings from county inspectors to show how well they are complying with health codes. The City Council has voted to ratify a county ordinance that requires restaurants to post the letter grade they receive from inspectors. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors recently passed a county ordinance requiring the posting of the A, B or C grade but, to enforce it, incorporated cities are required to pass their own law.
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September 11, 1999
The city has taken the first step toward selling its municipal water company for $11.5 million to Covina-based Suburban Water Systems, which plans to cut rates by 15% for four years. City Council members approved the sale Tuesday on a 3-2 vote, with Councilmen Richard Melendez and Ben Wong dissenting. The proposal is expected to be voted on by its 4,200 customers in the Woodside neighborhood in November through a mail-in ballot. Suburban already provides water to 70% of the city.
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March 17, 1998
A judge on Monday rejected the city's efforts to delete references to Mayor Ben Wong, the departure of five top officials and a crisis at City Hall from an argument against a special tax on homeowners for park maintenance on the April ballot. The city had sued Mike Spence, who wrote the ballot arguments, saying his statements were not relevant information and should be deleted from the ballot.
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May 7, 1998
The City Council has delayed implementation of a county system requiring restaurants to display letter grades awarded by county health inspectors. The council refused Tuesday to approve an ordinance requiring that the letter grades be used in West Covina because the Board of Supervisors has yet to set reinspection fees. Under the system, restaurants receive grades from A to C. Restaurant owners can ask for a new inspection at their own expense within 10 days of being graded by the county.
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February 6, 1998
West Covina Mayor Ben Wong, Monterey Park Councilwoman Judy Chu and Walnut Councilman Bob Pacheco are among local officials who filed papers to run in the June primary for seats in the state Legislature. Wong, a Democrat, is seeking the 60th Assembly District seat being vacated by Gary Miller (R-Diamond Bar). Pacheco and Andy Ramirez, both Republicans, also are seeking the seat. Because Miller is not seeking reelection, other candidates have until Monday to file.
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August 16, 1995 | ERIC WAHLGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than 20 residents turned out Tuesday night at the Oxnard City Council chambers to protest the city's treatment of former Public Utilities Director Benjamen Wong. Wong, who could not be reached for comment Tuesday, had been passed over for a promotion and then demoted.
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April 28, 1998
Voters will decide today whether to approve a special city property tax to pay for park maintenance, traffic signals and median upkeep. Measure C, which calls for a $49.50 annual assessment on properties in the city, needs the approval of two-thirds of voters to succeed. The measure is supported by the entire five-member City Council and would pay for the maintenance of 13 parks, 85 traffic signals and a dozen miles of median. However, the measure has ignited controversy.
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December 10, 1997 | CHRIS CHI
City Council members have agreed to rehire former Utilities Director Ben Wong to settle the wrongful-termination and racial discrimination lawsuit he brought against the city in federal court. Under the settlement agreement, Wong, fired in August 1995, is to receive $218,000 for back pay and benefits, Wong's attorney, Richard Weinstock, said Tuesday.
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