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October 16, 1986
The Lynwood City Council has voted unanimously to name the auditorium of the city's community center the Louis A. Thompson Auditorium in honor of Thompson, a two-term councilman who died in July. The 8,400-square-foot auditorium, which was previously unnamed, is within the A. J. Bateman Hall, the city's 25-year-old community center. A special election is being held in conjunction with the Nov. 4 general election to replace Thompson.
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May 25, 2008 | Andrew Blankstein and Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writers
Gang investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department have arrested a Lynwood city official on suspicion of felonies, including being an accessory to robbery and possessing a stolen handgun, a department spokesman said. Autra Adams, special assistant to the Lynwood city manager, was arrested at her home Thursday morning, said department spokesman Steve Whitmore. According to a law enforcement source familiar with the investigation, Adams was arrested in connection with a case targeting the East Coast Crips street gang.
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July 5, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The city got one step closer to holding a recall election targeting four of its council members after a Superior Court judge's ruling this week. The four members of the Lynwood City Council had defied the county registrar-recorder's determination that an election should take place and replaced the elected city clerk with a new election official. But on Tuesday, Judge Robert O'Brien ordered the city to begin issuing nomination papers in preparation for a Sept. 25 recall.
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July 21, 2007 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
The state Legislature voted Friday to have Los Angeles County election officials take over the recall election targeting four City Council members in Lynwood. The unanimous vote by the Senate and Assembly comes on the heels of a Superior Court judge's ruling that the election will take place Sept. 25. The unusual step was taken because the Lynwood City Council had resisted allowing the recall election to go forward.
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December 4, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Lynwood City Council on Wednesday night postponed a decision on whether to slash members' salaries by nearly half. The city's council members are among the highest paid part-time politicians in the state, and many community activists have called for pay cuts. For years, council members have had $804 monthly salaries that, by state law, can be raised only to reflect cost-of-living adjustments.
NEWS
June 18, 1987
The Lynwood City Council has approved the trading of $500,000 in Proposition A funds, the half-cent county sales tax for transit projects, for the same amount of federal dollars. The money will be used as part of a proposed $5-million reconstruction project along Long Beach Boulevard, which is a major street in the city. The exchange was approved earlier by the county Transportation Commission, which distributes funds among cities and county areas according to a formula based on population.
NEWS
June 21, 1990
The Lynwood City Council has approved a $10 increase in hourly litigation rates for the city attorney and a $5 hike for his associate. City Atty. Henry Barbosa's litigation fee goes from $120 hourly to $130. His associate's fee climbs from $110 to $115. The fees apply only when there is special or court litigation. Barbosa receives $100 an hour for his regular duties. The fee hikes become effective July 1.
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July 21, 2007 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
The state Legislature voted Friday to have Los Angeles County election officials take over the recall election targeting four City Council members in Lynwood. The unanimous vote by the Senate and Assembly comes on the heels of a Superior Court judge's ruling that the election will take place Sept. 25. The unusual step was taken because the Lynwood City Council had resisted allowing the recall election to go forward.
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May 25, 2008 | Andrew Blankstein and Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writers
Gang investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department have arrested a Lynwood city official on suspicion of felonies, including being an accessory to robbery and possessing a stolen handgun, a department spokesman said. Autra Adams, special assistant to the Lynwood city manager, was arrested at her home Thursday morning, said department spokesman Steve Whitmore. According to a law enforcement source familiar with the investigation, Adams was arrested in connection with a case targeting the East Coast Crips street gang.
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November 2, 2005 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
Former Lynwood Mayor Paul H. Richards II was convicted Tuesday on corruption charges for steering no-bid city contracts worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to a consulting firm he secretly owned. A federal court jury found the onetime political power broker guilty of 35 counts of extortion, fraud, money laundering and making false statements to investigators.
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July 5, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The city got one step closer to holding a recall election targeting four of its council members after a Superior Court judge's ruling this week. The four members of the Lynwood City Council had defied the county registrar-recorder's determination that an election should take place and replaced the elected city clerk with a new election official. But on Tuesday, Judge Robert O'Brien ordered the city to begin issuing nomination papers in preparation for a Sept. 25 recall.
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April 13, 2007 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
Five current and former Lynwood City Council members were indicted Thursday for allegedly using hundreds of thousands of dollars in public funds to illegally boost their salaries, pay for personal expenses and even hire an exotic dancer at a "gentleman's club." The charges are the latest lumps for the working-class city south of downtown Los Angeles that for years has been plagued with accusations of graft and corruption.
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March 30, 2006 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
The mayor of Lynwood, the subject of a recall drive, gave all 200 city employees two days off during the Christmas holidays to thank them for their hard work. Leticia Vasquez said she was just trying to get into the Christmas spirit. But her actions are now being investigated by the Los Angeles County district attorney's Public Integrity Division as a possible misuse of funds, according to documents obtained by The Times.
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November 2, 2005 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
Former Lynwood Mayor Paul H. Richards II was convicted Tuesday on corruption charges for steering no-bid city contracts worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to a consulting firm he secretly owned. A federal court jury found the onetime political power broker guilty of 35 counts of extortion, fraud, money laundering and making false statements to investigators.
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September 20, 2005 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
Carson ... Compton ... South Gate ... and now Lynwood. In the latest public corruption case in southeastern Los Angeles County, former Lynwood Mayor Paul Richards is scheduled to go on trial today on charges of steering millions of dollars worth of no-bid contracts to a consulting company he secretly owned.
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January 8, 2004 | Cynthia Daniels and Richard Marosi, Times Staff Writers
Lynwood City Council members, among the highest paid part-time politicians in the state, at a late meeting Tuesday night backed off from a proposal that would have slashed their compensation by nearly half. Instead, the three-member council majority approved a measure that will keep their compensation at about $40,000 a year, which still is higher than many cities in the area, including Long Beach, the state's fifth-largest city, where council members receive about $26,000 annually.
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June 5, 2003 | Richard Marosi, Times Staff Writer
The Lynwood City Council, citing alleged voter fraud, has declined to set a date for a recall election against Councilman Paul Richards in a move criticized by recall proponents who accuse Richards and two other council members of trying to thwart the process. The council majority, at a late meeting Tuesday night, let lapse the 14-day period during which state law requires them to set an election. The Los Angeles County registrar-recorder's office will now set the date.
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August 4, 1999 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Huntington Park City Council members are the latest local officials to exploit a loophole in state law that allows them to sharply increase their own salaries without a vote of the public. Elected officials in "general law" cities like Huntington Park can increase their salaries by no more than 5% per year. Any increases beyond that must be approved by the voters.
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December 18, 2003 | Richard Marosi, Times Staff Writer
Lynwood City Council members, among the highest paid part-time politicians in the state, failed to agree at a meeting Tuesday night on a way to reduce their salaries, raising doubts among some residents about the leaders' willingness to act. Though a resolution by council members Ramon Rodriguez and Maria Santillan would have cut compensation by nearly half, a three-member majority put off a vote on the matter for the second time this month, saying that more review was needed.
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December 5, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
Eight of Lynwood City Councilman Ramon Rodriguez's relatives pleaded not guilty Thursday to voter fraud charges, said an official with the district attorney's office. They are charged with perjury and conspiracy to commit election fraud for allegedly filing false voter registration forms saying that they all lived at the same Lynwood address, which did not exist. Rodriguez has not been charged, prosecutors said.
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