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November 1, 1995
A Hawthorne activist has accused Councilwoman Martha Bails of lying to voters in election campaign materials. Bails, who was appointed to the Hawthorne City Council in 1993 to fill a vacancy, uses the terms reelect and incumbent on election signs and campaign mailings. Mark Schoenfeld, president of the Holly Glen Homeowners Assn., said Bails is misleading voters into believing she was elected. "How can you reelect someone who has never been elected in the first place?"
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August 8, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Hawthorne Mayor Daniel Juarez was charged with four counts of perjury Thursday, marking the latest allegations the city leader has faced in connection with campaign financing. Juarez, 60, is expected to surrender to authorities and be arraigned in Los Angeles' airport courthouse Thursday afternoon. If convicted, he could be removed from office, officials said. The mayor was previously indicted on perjury charges in October. The new charges against Juarez stem from an investigation into that case, officials said.
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October 21, 2009 | From A Times Staff Writer
Charles Bookhammer, a former Hawthorne councilman and longtime aide to retired Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke, died Thursday at UC Irvine Medical Center. He was 61. His daughter, Brandi, said he died of complications from surgery for an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Bookhammer, who ran a family-owned insurance agency in Hawthorne for many years, sat on the Hawthorne City Council for 14 years in two different stints, until 1999. He also served on Burke's staff for 16 years, beginning as a deputy in 1992 and eventually rising to assistant chief of staff.
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October 30, 2011 | By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
At age 93, Frances Stiglich has had plenty of practice keeping an eye on purse strings, municipal and personal. Her scrutiny of Hawthorne's City Hall phone records nearly two decades ago led to the ouster of an elected official who had moved to Hawaii but still collected his pay. In her current (and second) run for City Council, she has recycled a red T-shirt from an old campaign, stapling on a hand-lettered update. "I've been yelling at the City Council for 40 years, and I've stopped a lot of shenanigans," said Stiglich, who stumps for votes by walking precincts nearly every day. She's among the candidates in several Southern California cities and school districts with an election Nov. 8, when voters will decide, for example, on a mayor for Palm Springs and a replacement for Rep. Janice Hahn on the Los Angeles City Council.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 1990
The Hawthorne City Council voted unanimously Thursday to extend by 10 months and 15 days a moratorium on building apartments with four or more units. The moratorium, which took effect when it was approved at a special council meeting Thursday, extends a 45-day moratorium that the council approved on Jan. 8. The action is intended to give the city time to draft construction standards that would decrease density and increase parking and open space. Mayor Betty J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 1988
The Hawthorne City Council has approved 7% annual raises for police, fire and other city employees in 2-year contracts effective July, 1988, through July, 1990. The increase will bring Hawthorne city workers' salaries and benefits up to median levels in comparable cities, according to City Manager R. Kenneth Jue.
NEWS
July 25, 1985
Faced with mobile home residents worried about losing their homes, the Hawthorne City Council passed an ordinance to regulate sales of mobile home parks in a preliminary 3-0 vote. The measure would require park owners to file a "mobile home relocation impact report" before seeking approval to convert the land to another use.
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August 6, 1989
Lawndale has decided to file suit against the city of Hawthorne in a dispute over the environmental impact of a $150-million redevelopment project approved two weeks ago by the Hawthorne City Council. Officials from the two cities met Tuesday in an attempt to resolve the conflict but after a closed session Thursday night, the Lawndale council directed City Atty. David J. Aleshire to file suit.
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May 11, 1989
The Hawthorne City Council voted 4 to 0 Monday to give final approval to an updated General Plan that calls for commercial development near the I-105 freeway. The area, the Imperial Highway Corridor, contains a mix of residential and commercial uses. The General Plan is a document that will be used to govern all future zoning for the city. In anticipation of the completion of the freeway in 1993, several developers have already expressed an interest in commercial projects there.
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June 16, 1989
The Hawthorne City Council on Thursday voted 3 to 0 to approve plans for a 75-unit senior housing project at Felton Avenue and 119th Street. The council on Monday had split 2-2 on the project, proposed by a nonprofit organization, The East Los Angeles Community Union. Councilman Charles Bookhammer and Councilwoman Ginny M. Lambert voted in favor; Councilmen Steven Andersen and David M. York voted against it after raising questions about the suitability of the proposed site, near the intersection of the I-105 and I-405 freeways.
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October 21, 2009 | From A Times Staff Writer
Charles Bookhammer, a former Hawthorne councilman and longtime aide to retired Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke, died Thursday at UC Irvine Medical Center. He was 61. His daughter, Brandi, said he died of complications from surgery for an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Bookhammer, who ran a family-owned insurance agency in Hawthorne for many years, sat on the Hawthorne City Council for 14 years in two different stints, until 1999. He also served on Burke's staff for 16 years, beginning as a deputy in 1992 and eventually rising to assistant chief of staff.
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July 27, 2007 | Ari B. Bloomekatz, Times Staff Writer
Hawthorne City Councilman Ludwig "Louis" Velez was indicted this week on charges that he used his elected position to trade favors with a developer. Velez was indicted on felony charges and has surrendered to authorities. Sandi Gibbons of the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said Velez was accused of a "conflict of interest" but would not comment further because the indictment was sealed.
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October 1, 1996
The Hawthorne City Council has eliminated an annual renewal fee charged to homeowners with burglar alarms and has waived the annual permit fee for low-income and disabled residents. The new fee structure went into place last week after residents asked council members to lower the cost. Residents previously paid $50 a year for a burglar alarm permit in addition to a $20 renewal fee, said City Manager Bud Cormier. The change in fees does not apply to businesses.
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November 1, 1995
A Hawthorne activist has accused Councilwoman Martha Bails of lying to voters in election campaign materials. Bails, who was appointed to the Hawthorne City Council in 1993 to fill a vacancy, uses the terms reelect and incumbent on election signs and campaign mailings. Mark Schoenfeld, president of the Holly Glen Homeowners Assn., said Bails is misleading voters into believing she was elected. "How can you reelect someone who has never been elected in the first place?"
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March 23, 1995 | JON GARCIA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After weeks of delay, the Hawthorne City Council has doubled the city's utility tax in an effort to raise millions of dollars. The move was spurred by a long-awaited audit report, delivered moments before the vote, that details the financial plight of the city with its estimated $10.5-million budget shortfall.
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March 9, 1995 | JON GARCIA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Hoping to save millions of dollars on electric bills, the Hawthorne City Council voted Monday to join the Southern California Cities Consortium, a growing organization of South Bay cities that have banded together to flex their collective political and economic muscle. The consortium, a loosely organized group of mayors and other city officials formed last fall by Culver City Mayor Albert Vera, has promised to fight for a 25% rate reduction in electric costs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 1996
The Hawthorne City Council has eliminated an annual renewal fee charged to homeowners with burglar alarms and has waived the annual permit fee for low-income and disabled residents. The new fee structure went into place last week after residents asked council members to lower the cost. Residents previously paid $50 a year for a burglar alarm permit in addition to a $20 renewal fee, said City Manager Bud Cormier. The change in fees does not apply to businesses.
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December 2, 1988 | BARBARA BAIRD, Times Staff Writer
After an intensive study of the 139-acre Imperial Highway Corridor, a consulting firm has come up with four alternatives for redeveloping the blighted area in northern Hawthorne. In a 22-page report presented to the Hawthorne City Council on Monday, Environmental Science Associates said city revenues would be increased if the area, straddling Imperial from the San Diego Freeway to Prairie Avenue, is rejuvenated.
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December 1, 1994 | JON GARCIA
City Council members unanimously approved an affirmative action hiring plan Monday, almost five years after an original proposal was drafted. The plan calls for hiring that reflects the ethnic makeup of the county work force. Although no numbers have been set, beginning next July, city officials will set goals for hiring of women and minorities. Those goals, however, will be considered targets and not quotas, according to the plan.
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April 8, 1993 | GORDON DILLOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jerry Jamgotchian understands that the city of Hawthorne is a good three miles from the beach. But he still thinks you should be able to wear a bikini--or even underwear--in public there without getting rousted by the police. Apparently, not everyone in Hawthorne agrees. For months now, Jamgotchian, owner of South Bay Billiards on El Segundo Boulevard, has fought a running battle with Hawthorne officials over alleged infractions of city ordinances at the billiards parlor.
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