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November 9, 1991 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The San Gabriel Valley city of El Monte, where Latinos make up 72% of the population, was sued Friday by the U.S. Justice Department for alleged discriminatory hiring and recruiting practices in the city's Police and Fire departments. The lawsuit, filed late Friday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, accused the two departments of pursuing and continuing "policies and practices that have discriminated against Latinos, blacks and Asians" in violation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
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May 29, 1992 | VICKI TORRES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
El Monte officials have agreed to pay a total of up to $330,000 to blacks and Asian-Americans denied jobs since 1985 as firefighters or police officers because of their race. The money will go to an undetermined number of applicants who sought entry-level jobs with the San Gabriel Valley city from Jan. 1, 1985, to the present, but were discouraged from applying or were rejected for employment. The compensation fund is part of a 28-page consent decree approved in U.S.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1992 | VICKI TORRES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
El Monte officials have agreed to pay a total of up to $330,000 to blacks and Asian-Americans denied jobs since 1985 as firefighters or police officers because of their race. The money will go to an undetermined number of applicants who sought entry-level jobs with the San Gabriel Valley city from Jan. 1, 1985, to the present, but were discouraged from applying or were rejected for employment. The compensation fund is part of a 28-page consent decree approved in U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1991 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The San Gabriel Valley city of El Monte, where Latinos make up 72% of the population, was sued Friday by the U.S. Justice Department for alleged discriminatory hiring and recruiting practices in the city's Police and Fire departments. The lawsuit, filed late Friday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, accused the two departments of pursuing and continuing "policies and practices that have discriminated against Latinos, blacks and Asians" in violation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
NEWS
May 10, 1985
Three men died and two others were critically injured when their van was struck by a Southern Pacific freight train at a railroad crossing in El Monte. Police said the driver apparently went around a lowered barrier. The engine of the eight-car train pushed the van about a quarter of a mile down the tracks from the crossing at Arden Drive before it was able to stop, an El Monte Fire Department spokesman said. The surviving victims were taken to hospitals in Arcadia and West Covina.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 1996
Glendale Firefighter William Jensen, who was severely burned while protecting homes in the Calabasas-Malibu brush fire last week, remained in critical condition Sunday. "There's been no change in his condition," said Larry Weinberg, a spokesman for the Grossman Burn Center at Sherman Oaks Hospital. Jensen is scheduled to return to surgery Tuesday, Weinberg said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 1997
An El Monte residents group has launched a petition drive for a measure that would let voters decide whether the city should transfer fire protection services to the county fire district. Leaders of El Monteans for Responsible Local Government said they oppose a council-approved plan to replace the El Monte Fire Department with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. "We, the voters of El Monte, have never been given the privilege of a vote," said Ken Clark, the group's organizer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 1995 | From a Times Staff Writer
Four disabled students and two adults were injured when a school bus and a car collided and the bus overturned on the San Bernardino Freeway in El Monte on Wednesday, authorities said. The van-sized 1991 Ford bus was traveling east near Santa Anita Avenue when an unidentified woman driving a white Cadillac attempted to change lanes and did not see the bus, California Highway Patrol Officer Louis Gutierrez said.
NEWS
June 2, 1991 | EDMUND NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The City Council has shelved a proposal to turn the El Monte Fire Department into a branch of the county fire district. The consolidation of the two departments had been proposed by Councilwoman Patricia Wallach as a way of partly bridging an anticipated $2.5-million budget gap this year. But the council decided Tuesday not to spend $5,500 to study the possible cost-saving effects of "going county," as city officials put it.
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March 3, 1987 | LEONARD GREENWOOD, Times Staff Writer
Two toddlers, left alone by their parents in their El Monte trailer home, were burned to death in a blaze in the trailer early Monday. Deseree Figueroa, 2, and her brother, Jimmy Figueroa, 1, were trapped inside the 25-foot trailer during the 12:30 a.m. fire at a trailer park in the 11900 block of Magnolia Street, authorities said.
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August 1, 1993 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A helicopter carrying three men crashed and exploded in flames at El Monte Airport on Saturday afternoon, killing everyone on board, officials said. The R-44 Robertson helicopter apparently took off from the single-runway airport, ascended about 50 feet, then dropped from the sky, said National Transportation Safety Board investigator Scott Erickson. The NTSB was attempting to determine whether the crash was caused by mechanical failure or pilot error. Officials did not release the names of the victims on board the helicopter.
NEWS
August 1, 1987 | ASHLEY DUNN, Times Staff Writer
The owner of a pesticide manufacturing company has been sentenced to 90 days in jail and fined $100,000 for his part in the illegal disposal of a banned toxic chemical in an El Monte neighborhood. Victor Bernath was sentenced earlier this week in Pomona Superior Court after pleading guilty to illegal transportation and disposal of the chemical ethylene dibromide, which was banned by the federal Environmental Protection Agency in 1984.
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