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October 3, 1993
The city has rejected a claim filed in July by former City Manager William Vasquez, who says he was fired improperly and should be rehired. Vasquez, who was paid $96,000 a year, also demanded that the city pay him back salary and benefits. Vasquez, who was fired in March by a 3-2 City Council vote, said he will sue the city.
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NEWS
September 23, 1993
The city has rejected a claim filed in July by former City Manager William Vasquez, who says he was fired improperly and should be rehired. Vasquez, who was paid $96,000 a year, also demanded that the city pay him back salary and benefits. Vasquez, who was fired in March by a 3-2 City Council vote, said he will sue the city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1992 | TINA GRIEGO and JILL GOTTESMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Four candidates who led the successful recall of four Anglo City Council members in Bell Gardens, which has a majority Latino population, were swept into office Tuesday amid cheers, tears and promises that they would be more sensitive to the community. The election of Josefina Macias, Frank B. Duran, Rodolfo Garcia and George T. Deitch ends three decades of an Anglo majority on the five-member council. Until last year, the blue-collar city of 43,000 had never had a Latino council member.
NEWS
July 25, 1993 | JILL GOTTESMAN
An effort to oust two City Council members unexpectedly collapsed last week after county election officials invalidated more than half of the signatures on recall petitions. The disqualifications brought to an abrupt halt the attempt to recall Mayor Frank B. Duran and Councilman Rodolfo (Rudy) Garcia, who won council seats about 18 months ago after four council members were recalled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 1993 | JILL GOTTESMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bell Gardens City Manager William Vasquez--who had reprimanded two City Council members for asking that friends and campaign workers get city jobs--was fired Friday during a special council session. A visibly shaken Vasquez had no comment after the 3-2 vote and quickly left the meeting after it adjourned. He became the seventh administrator to leave city government since a new council took office a year ago.
NEWS
July 30, 1992 | JILL GOTTESMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former Bell Gardens City Manager Claude L. Booker, who was fired after the ouster of four council members in March, is suing the city, alleging breach of his $124,000-a-year contract. Booker is asking for $266,706 in unpaid salary, plus $4,482 in lost retirement compensation. According to the suit, the sum covers the remaining months of his three-year contract, which expires in July, 1994. Booker has been employed off and on by Bell Gardens since 1967.
NEWS
March 21, 1993 | JILL GOTTESMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The City Council had to shuttle people in and out of the vacant city manager's job last week after their top choice unexpectedly balked at taking over for fired City Manager William Vasquez. The shuffle began Tuesday after the council met in a special session to appoint an interim city manager to replace Vasquez, who was fired March 12 after a year on the job. Three council members--Mayor Frank B.
NEWS
March 14, 1993 | JILL GOTTESMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bell Gardens City Hall clerical workers and support staff, apparently concerned that a rift with some City Council members may jeopardize their jobs, have joined a service workers union. The 23 workers voted unanimously last month to join the Service Employees International Union Local 347, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO.
NEWS
March 19, 1992 | JILL GOTTESMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To the roar of hundreds of well-wishers, four new Bell Gardens City Council members took office Tuesday night, declaring the democratic process the true winner in an election that gives Latinos a council majority for the first time in this overwhelmingly Latino community. As a 10-piece mariachi band played "La Diana," a traditional Mexican victory ballad, George T. Deitch, Josefina (Josie) Macias, Rodolfo (Rudy) Garcia and Frank B.
NEWS
July 16, 1992 | JILL GOTTESMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Displaying a shift in priorities, the Bell Gardens City Council approved an $18-million operating budget this week that will offer more in community and social services while minimizing capital improvement and redevelopment projects. The council allocated nearly $1 million for new social programs and services in the 1992-93 fiscal year, Finance Director David Bass said. "For now, we are going to stop building things and start shifting money toward doing things," Bass said.
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