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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 1996 | RICHARD WINTON
The city of Industry was hardly that when John Ferrero became the first mayor. The town with the odd name began as little more than a stretch of scrawny San Gabriel Valley farmland. But by the time the man believed to be the country's longest continuously serving mayor died Thursday after a nearly four-decade reign, the city under his leadership had become nothing short of a paradise for business, a place that reflects its name.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 1996 | RICHARD WINTON
The city of Industry was hardly that when John Ferrero became the first mayor. The town with the odd name began as little more than a stretch of scrawny San Gabriel Valley farmland. But by the time the man believed to be the country's longest continuously serving mayor died Thursday after a nearly four-decade reign, the city under his leadership had become nothing short of a paradise for business, a place that reflects its name.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 1990
A group of businessmen has sued the mayor, two city councilmen and the city attorney of Industry, accusing them of conspiring to spend public money for their own benefit. The suit, filed Wednesday in Pomona Superior Court, alleges several financial conflicts of interest, including land leases to Mayor John Ferrero and his son, Councilman John Paul Ferrero, and waste-hauling contracts to a firm owned by Councilman Patrick Perez. It says City Atty. Graham Ritchie helped arrange the deals.
NEWS
March 22, 1992
The City Council election scheduled for April 14 has been canceled because no one challenged the two incumbents who are running for reelection, City Clerk Philip L. Iriarte said. Only three times since the city of about 600 residents incorporated in 1957 has a City Council member faced opposition in a municipal race. This year, Councilman Dean Winn and Mayor John Ferrero, the only mayor since the city was founded, are running unopposed.
NEWS
March 14, 1985
Industry Mayor John Ferrero, who suffered multiple injuries when the car he was driving collided with a fast-moving train Monday morning, has been transferred out of the intensive care unit at Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina and is now listed in good condition, a hospital spokesman said. Ferrero, 73, who had a cut on the right ear, a broken left leg and a broken right collar bone, was alert and listed in fair condition when he was first hospitalized, the spokesman said.
NEWS
March 19, 1987
A residents group has assailed Industry redevelopment officials for spending more than $16,000 on a trip to New York for a presentation on bond refinancing. The group, the Industry Civic Planning Assn., said nine city and redevelopment agency officials bought first-class airline tickets for the Feb. 15-18 trip to New York.
SPORTS
July 9, 1987
"Before entering, unholster and unload all firearms." The sign in the window of The Target Range in Van Nuys is aimed at anyone with an itchy trigger finger--scratch it before entering. The indoor shooting range, one of two in the Valley area, caters to those interested in practicing safety as much as their adroitness with firearms. "You get John Waynes in here once in a while," range master John Ferrero said.
NEWS
June 10, 1990 | IRENE CHANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A group of businessmen charges in a lawsuit that an array of city officials are misusing taxpayers' money by awarding land leases and garbage-hauling contracts to each other. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court in Pomona, names the city, its mayor, two councilmen and the city attorney.
NEWS
January 30, 1992 | ROBERT MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Patrick Perez has resigned from the City Council, citing outside interests as his reason for leaving the post after eight years in which he has been a frequent target of conflict-of-interest allegations. Perez, 52, announced his resignation quietly in a Dec. 23 letter to Mayor John Ferrero. In the letter, Perez said he was proud of his service but planned "to pursue other challenging interests."
NEWS
April 4, 1985 | VICTOR VALLE, Times Staff Writer
A committee of the Los Angeles County Grand Jury has launched investigations into redevelopment agencies of the City of Industry and Alhambra. Robert Beckerman, chairman of the jury's Community Redevelopment Agency Committee, said it is looking into the Industry-Urban-Development Agency (IUDA), one of five Industry redevelopment panels. He also said the committee is studying the Alhambra Redevelopment Agency plan for Main Street.
NEWS
February 10, 1994 | RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
At least one new mayor and 10 new council members will be elected across the San Gabriel Valley on April 12, as 56 municipal seats open up this year in 21 cities. In the city elections, 11 seats will be filled by newcomers. Six incumbents have opted to retire, three are seeking higher office and two have served the maximum terms allowed for council members in their cities. "I realized how much I needed to be involved with my family," said South Pasadena Mayor James C. Hodge Jr.
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