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March 27, 1992 | TOM BIRSCHBACH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
John Pitts, a banking executive in nearby Phoenix, often advises his clients to invest plenty of time and hard work in their opportunities and business endeavors. What Pitts, 46, a vice president and senior commercial loan officer, has preached in business, he also has practiced in life.
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March 27, 1992 | TOM BIRSCHBACH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
John Pitts, a banking executive in nearby Phoenix, often advises his clients to invest plenty of time and hard work in their opportunities and business endeavors. What Pitts, 46, a vice president and senior commercial loan officer, has preached in business, he also has practiced in life.
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January 3, 1985
Then-City Administrator John Pitts orchestrated a conspiracy in 1977 to create a poker club in Bell in exchange for a hidden share in its profits. Pitts, former Councilman Pete Werrlein Jr. and three others pleaded guilty to the scheme in which the city officials formed a secret partnership with prospective poker club investors, promoted city ordinances that paved the way for the gambling business, then ensured these investors got the available gambling license.
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May 7, 1985
Ed Bowen, who guided Laguna Beach High School to the Southern Section 1-A division basketball title in 1962, is returning as the Artists' coach. Bowen replaces Craig Falconer, who resigned in February following an 8-15 season. Bowen served as the Artists' coach from 1961-67 and developed such standout players as John Pitts, Phil Anderson and Ron Lutz. Besides winning one title, he led the Artists to the 2-A division championship game in 1963.
NEWS
December 10, 1987
Chief Administrative Officer Byron Woosley has circulated a memo to the Bell city staff announcing his intention to leave the $65,000-a-year post he has held since 1984. Woosley said in the memo and in an interview that his decision was purely a personal one based on a desire for a change after service to the community that began in December, 1972, when he was hired as a city civil engineer.
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February 7, 1985
The City Council on Monday awarded a contract to the O'Campo Corp. to build a $1.9-million National Guard Armory at Atlantic and Bandini boulevards, paving the way for a transfer of federal property to the city. The armory, a 45,000-square-foot building that will be used to train guardsmen, is expected to be completed by the end of August, City Administrator Byron Woosley said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 1989
The news of Ralph Diedrich's death came as a surprise to me and, I am sure, many of his friends. Although his career had many ups and downs, I knew him at a time in his life when his dynamic leadership style made a positive, lasting difference in the history of Fullerton. Unfortunately, the media's chronicling of Ralph's career tends to center about a shadowy phase of his political adventures, but there is a significant contribution he made to Fullerton that I believe needs recognizing.
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April 6, 1991 | CHRIS FOSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Brett Tomko was told at lunch Friday he was pitching for the El Dorado High School baseball team. It was to be the senior's first varsity start and nothing much was riding on it, only first place in the Empire League. "I was a little nervous," Tomko said. "I was very nervous. I decided I would try to go four or five (innings) and hope for the best." Tomko exceeded even his expectations. He labored at times but went the distance in the Golden Hawks' 4-3 victory over Katella at El Dorado.
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April 18, 1991
Sophomore right-hander Erin Winemiller pitched a one-hitter for Rancho Alamitos, which defeated Pacifica, 4-3, in a Garden Grove League baseball game Wednesday at Rancho Alamitos. Winemiller (3-5) walked three and struck out one. He took a 2-1 lead and a no-hitter into the seventh but allowed a two-run home run. Rancho Alamitos (5-8, 2-5 in league) then scored twice in the bottom of the seventh. Brian Jordan's single tied the score, 3-3, and the winning run scored on an error.
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April 15, 2004 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
Weller Street was a dusty, tree-lined road leading to downtown when stagecoaches raced up it in the 1850s carrying passengers from ships at San Pedro. Travelers sometimes placed bets on which rival coach would reach Los Angeles first. The trip from the harbor to the city seemed like great fun, until it simply turned hair-raising. "Many a newcomer to Los Angeles of that day wrote enthusiastically -- or with pious gratitude -- of his safe arrival over the route," wrote Joe Seewerker.
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June 25, 1985 | BILL FARR, Times Staff Writer
Former Bell City Administrator John D. Pitts was sentenced Monday to six months in federal prison for accepting a bribe in the form of hidden ownership in the California Bell Club poker casino. U.S. District Judge Terry Hatter Jr. also sentenced the 57-year-old Pitts' co-defendant, Santa Monica attorney Kevin Kirwan, 47, to six months, but ordered that he be allowed to serve it in a community minimum security facility instead of prison.
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