CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 1989
The Sheriff's Department has ordered special patrols around the homes of Lynwood City Council members after a 5-gallon plastic bottle containing rags and an unknown liquid was found near the residence of one councilman. Councilman Robert Henning, along with a colleague, reported receiving threatening calls last week after their vote to rename Century Boulevard in honor of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Sheriff's Department added extra patrols around the homes of all of the council members in the wake of the weekend discovery, said Capt.
June 11, 1987
The Lynwood City Council has approved a $120,000 security lighting project for the athletic fields of an 11-acre city park. The project, funded by a state grant, will allow lights to be installed on the soccer and softball fields of the John D. Ham Park for the first time. Advertising for bids is expected to start next month and a contractor to be selected by August, said Harold Mattoon, director of the city Department of Recreation and Parks.
December 22, 1988
The Lynwood City Council has refused a 10% annual increase to the city's street sweeping contractor but approved a 4.6% increase for 2 months. However, the council agreed to add the remaining 5.4% after the 2-month period if the contractor's work is satisfactory. The contractor, Joe's Sweeping Co. of Norwalk, was receiving $112,560 yearly and had requested a raise to $123,784. Council members said there had been complaints from residents that the streets were not being cleaned properly.
May 28, 1987
The Lynwood City Council has approved a $150,000 citywide graffiti eradication project scheduled to start in July. "This is an aggressive program where daily checks for graffiti will be made throughout the city," Councilwoman Evelyn Wells said. Funding is from from the federal Community Development Block Grant program. The city Department of Parks and Recreation will administer the project, whose work will be done by four part-time employees working five days a week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 1992
The Lynwood City Council will study the creation of a citizens review panel to look into complaints of harassment by Lynwood station sheriff's deputies. Last fall deputies at the station were criticized by a federal judge for routinely violating the civil rights of blacks and Hispanics. Council members said Tuesday that establishing a panel outside the department would allow them to better track complaints by residents and monitor the service provided by the Sheriff's Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 1990
The Lynwood City Council has decided to scale back a new utility tax after being deluged with complaints from angry residents. The council voted 4 to 1 Monday to enact a 3% tax on gas, telephone and electric bills, effective Jan. 1. The council initially had approved a 10% tax, but opted for the lower rate after angry residents packed the council chambers last week to protest the tax. The 3% tax is expected to increase residents' total utility bills an average of $35 a year.
November 24, 1988
The Lynwood City Council has approved the implementation of a $40,000 project aimed at preventing youths from joining gangs. The project will include establishment of an after-school recreational program for elementary students, a resource center for assisting troubled youths in finding counseling help and an employment program to find jobs. The project will be implemented over a period of time but most phases are expected to begin operating in January, Councilwoman Evelyn Wells said.
April 30, 1987
Construction is expected to start within two months on the first of four small parks to be developed on excess Caltrans property adjacent to the Century Freeway. The Lynwood City Council has allocated nearly $1 million to purchase four small parcels for the neighborhood parks. The parcels, each one acre or less, are at different places along the freeway route. The city has made a down payment of $11,000 for each piece of property, said Ken Mullins, senior planner.
November 26, 1987
A recount by the Los Angeles County registrar-recorder's office has left Alberto M. Penalber still two votes short in his bid for a seat on the Lynwood City Council. Penalber requested the recount after finishing third among seven candidates for two seats on the council. Penalber's vote total did not change in Tuesday's recount. Penalber received 924 votes while incumbent Councilman Robert Henning had 926. Louis Heine received the most votes with 1,336.
April 7, 1988
The Lynwood City Council has selected the architectural firm of Archiplan Urban Design Collaborative of Los Angeles to design the city's proposed $1.4-million community and transit center. The council Tuesday voted unanimously to award the $125,000 design contract to Archiplan after reviewing five other proposals from architectural firms. The proposal calls for refurbishing and expanding the aging community center.