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February 8, 1992
We strongly object to The Times' statement (Metro Digest, Jan. 22) that the successful recent Bell Gardens recall campaign "was largely funded by absentee landlords." The implication intended by the line is even more disturbing. We are each candidates for the City Council positions in the March 10 election. (Two of us are renters; only one is a landlord.) We have been active in the Bell Gardens No Rezoning Committee, which was formed to protest the city's removal of low-cost rental housing, and other abusive conduct of the City Council.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 1993 | JILL GOTTESMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Less than a year ago the victorious new City Council members of Bell Gardens--ordinary folks who overnight became more potent than they had ever dreamed--confidently pushed through a throng of well-wishers. The winners in a historic landslide election the week before were surrounded by proud members of the Latino political Establishment--state senators and assembly members who had never heard of Frank B. Duran, Josefina Macias, Rodolfo Garcia or George T. Deitch before the election.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 1993 | JILL GOTTESMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Less than a year ago the victorious new City Council members of Bell Gardens--ordinary folks who overnight became more potent than they had ever dreamed--confidently pushed through a throng of well-wishers. The winners in a historic landslide election the week before were surrounded by proud members of the Latino political Establishment--state senators and assembly members who had never heard of Frank B. Duran, Josefina Macias, Rodolfo Garcia or George T. Deitch before the election.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 1993 | JILL GOTTESMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Bell Gardens City Council unseated Mayor Josefina (Josie) Macias on Wednesday night, replacing her with the councilman whom she had physically attacked during a highly charged closed meeting earlier this week. In stark contrast to Monday's rough-and-tumble session, the council members quietly voted to appoint Councilman Frank B. Duran as mayor, then swiftly adjourned the meeting. Duran had been mayor pro tem.
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March 19, 1992 | JILL GOTTESMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Councilwoman Josefina (Josie) Macias is sounding a radical theme on the campaign trail for next month's city elections. Although her name will be on the April 14 ballot, "I am telling people that I have already been elected and NOT to vote for me," she said, laughing. "I don't want them voting for me this time." Macias' position of campaigning against herself is another fallout of the massive political upheaval in Bell Gardens, in which four council members were recalled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 1993 | JILL GOTTESMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Bell Gardens City Council unseated Mayor Josefina (Josie) Macias on Wednesday night, replacing her with the councilman whom she had physically attacked during a highly charged closed meeting earlier this week. In stark contrast to Monday's rough-and-tumble session, the council members quietly voted to appoint Councilman Frank B. Duran as mayor, then swiftly adjourned the meeting. Duran had been mayor pro tem.
NEWS
March 28, 1991
Opponents of a City Council plan to control population density by reducing the number of homes that can be built on a lot have succeeded in gathering enough signatures to force a referendum. The controversial zone change must now be submitted to a vote of the people in an election tentatively scheduled for late summer. "We were confident we could succeed," said Josefina Macias, a leader in the campaign against the zone change.
NEWS
October 1, 1992
A Superior Court judge in Norwalk has dismissed claims against four Bell Gardens City Council members named as defendants in a breach-of-contract lawsuit filed in July by former Bell Gardens City Manager Claude L. Booker. Judge James W. Edson did rule, however, that the city will remain a defendant in Booker's lawsuit, which charges that the council violated the former city manager's $124,000-a-year contract when it fired him in April. Booker's contract was to expire in July, 1994.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 1992
Former Bell Gardens City Manager Claude L. Booker, who was fired in March after the recall of four Anglo City Council members, is suing the city for breach of his $124,000-a-year contract. Booker, who had worked for the city off and on since 1967, was one of four high-ranking officials--including the city clerk, the city attorney and the police chief--who were fired or left office when a Latino majority council was elected.
NEWS
September 16, 1993
Street vendors who sell corn, Mexican pastries or other foods from pushcarts were given the go-ahead this week to do business in the city. The vendors had been outlawed in the city for years, but the City Council majority agreed with several speakers who argued that the vendors have the right to earn a living. As many as 30 of the eloteros crowded the council chambers and cheered the decision to create an ordinance regulating street sales. Council members George T.
NEWS
March 19, 1992 | JILL GOTTESMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Councilwoman Josefina (Josie) Macias is sounding a radical theme on the campaign trail for next month's city elections. Although her name will be on the April 14 ballot, "I am telling people that I have already been elected and NOT to vote for me," she said, laughing. "I don't want them voting for me this time." Macias' position of campaigning against herself is another fallout of the massive political upheaval in Bell Gardens, in which four council members were recalled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 1992
We strongly object to The Times' statement (Metro Digest, Jan. 22) that the successful recent Bell Gardens recall campaign "was largely funded by absentee landlords." The implication intended by the line is even more disturbing. We are each candidates for the City Council positions in the March 10 election. (Two of us are renters; only one is a landlord.) We have been active in the Bell Gardens No Rezoning Committee, which was formed to protest the city's removal of low-cost rental housing, and other abusive conduct of the City Council.
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 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.
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