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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.
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.
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.
May 12, 1988
The Lynwood City Council has tentatively approved a $325-a-month car allowance raise for each of its five members. The raise is retroactive to Jan. 1. By a unanimous vote, the council passed on its first reading an ordinance that increases the allowance from $175 a month to $500. The council is expected to give final approval Tuesday. The ordinance will take effect 30 days after final passage.
September 21, 2003
Re "Lynwood Council Members Enjoy Lavish Perks and Pay," Sept. 15: Imagine a world in which the graft that is rampant in our society is finally eviscerated, allowing our schools, hospitals and nursing homes to be properly funded by our tax dollars. Instead, taxpayers pay for local elected officials who go to dance shows in Rio de Janeiro, musicals in New York City and a beach resort in Ghana. After 9/11, President Bush talked about how the evil ones hit us and caused people to lose their jobs.
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