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June 17, 1987 | MIKE WARD, Times Staff Writer
Voters in Monterey Park on Tuesday refused to recall two white City Council members who had been accused of making a racist attack on Asian and Latinos, a charge the council members denied. With all 22 precincts counted in the city, which has had heavy Asian immigration in recent years, Council member Barry L. Hatch and Patricia Reichenberger had more than 60% of the vote.
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May 8, 2009 | Jean Merl
Faced with wide-ranging questions on complex issues and strict time constraints, 11 candidates for a vacant congressional seat vied to distinguish themselves from the pack at a League of Women Voters forum in Baldwin Park on Wednesday night. All but one of the 12 contenders in the May 19 special election for the 32nd Congressional District seat took advantage of what is likely to be the only public forum open to them all. And it enabled those without much campaign money to get some free exposure.
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February 29, 1996
Monterey Park City Council meetings are moving from Mondays to Wednesdays. Starting April 3, the council will meet the first and third Wednesdays of the month rather than the second and four Mondays. "It's something that evolved," said Councilman Francisco Alonso. "The vast majority of people who attend support it."
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May 18, 2001 | RICHARD WINTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She's a student of the antiwar movement who, years later, reached out to developers to bring a shopping center to her hometown. She's an educator who, when Latinos and Asians began to clash at a local high school, helped start conflict-resolution classes. She's a politician who battled against a backlash against Asian Americans in Monterey Park during the 1980s and later won over some of her biggest foes.
NEWS
January 17, 1985
The Monterey Park City Council has slashed the city tax on telephone, electricity and gas bills from 4.5% to 2.75%, effective this month. The council's action will reduce city revenue over the next six months by $388.000.
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July 23, 1991
The Monterey Park City Council voted to fire City Manager Mark Lewis, blaming him for a rash of resignations and low city employee morale and accusing him of violating city policy on matters ranging from expenditures to personnel decisions. The council voted 3 to 2 in a closed session to suspend Lewis for 30 days--in effect giving him a 30-day notice--before firing him. Lewis declined comment.
NEWS
March 6, 1986
The Monterey Park City Council has voted to increase open-space requirements for apartments and residential condominiums, but to exclude development projects already pending with the city. Councilmen David Almada and Cam Briglio sought to make the new requirements effective immediately, but the three other council members said it would be unfair to force developers to redraw plans. Projects with a total of 107 residential units are pending with the city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 1989
Responding to public opposition, the Monterey Park City Council has rescinded a decision to spend $50,000 on a statue dedicated to George Washington and the U.S. Constitution. The council instead voted to create a committee to seek private funding for the statue and to find a suitable location for it. In March, on a 3-2 vote, the council had approved the statue expenditure, but public opposition began to grow. Mayor Barry L. Hatch was criticized for wanting to remove a City Hall statue dedicated to the 1984 Summer Olympic Games and place the Washington monument in its place.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 1992
Despite warnings from local residents and alcohol awareness groups on the dangers of subliminal advertising, the Monterey Park City Council has rejected a proposal to ban sponsorship of city events by alcohol, gambling and tobacco companies. The ban was urged by Mayor Sam Kiang, who had objected to a Bell Gardens casino's desire to sponsor last Saturday's Chinese New Year parade and festival in Alhambra and Monterey Park.
NEWS
July 7, 1988
The Friends of the Library urge the Monterey Park City Council to reconsider its decision to appeal a ruling by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ricardo Torres. He ruled that the city overstepped its authority by disbanding the Bruggemeyer Memorial Library's Board of Trustees. The council's decision was politically motivated. The judge affirmed that the state code protecting libraries from the political process had been violated. Our library is one of the finest in the San Gabriel Valley because of the dedication of the Board of Trustees and our community.
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March 19, 1997
Monterey Park's chief election official said Tuesday that he will ask the state's political watchdog agency to investigate mailers that attacked City Councilwoman Judy Chu by playing on a climate of suspicion surrounding political contributions from Asian sources. City Clerk David M. Barron said the mailers sent before the March 4 City Council election violate California law.
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February 29, 1996
Monterey Park City Council meetings are moving from Mondays to Wednesdays. Starting April 3, the council will meet the first and third Wednesdays of the month rather than the second and four Mondays. "It's something that evolved," said Councilman Francisco Alonso. "The vast majority of people who attend support it."
NEWS
December 15, 1994 | RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In anticipation of a Monterey Park City Council decision to overturn a ban on billboards, a new coalition has turned to voters to try to keep the ordinance in place. On Dec. 8, the unnamed coalition filed notice with the city about its petition drive for a ballot initiative that would ban new billboards. "The residents of this city don't want huge, brightly lit billboards. . . . We want open, countryside-like landscape," coalition leader Vince Ramirez said.
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October 21, 1994
The Monterey Park City Council decided Wednesday night not to reappoint library board member Kathleen Brzozowski, who made what critics say were racially tinged remarks about a fellow board member and threw a cup of water at a Chinese American activist. Three of the council's five members voted to replace Brzozowski with Joyce Mangrum, a former library worker and city employee. Brzozowski, 73, did not attend the selection meeting for the city's boards.
NEWS
March 3, 1994 | PSYCHE PASCUAL
The City Council has ordered an environmental study before deciding whether a controversial two-story mausoleum should be built at Resurrection Cemetery. The city Planning Commission previously approved a request by the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles to build the mausoleum. But residents, many from neighboring Monterey Park, contended the structure would clash with the graveyard's park-like setting, block homeowners' views and attract graffiti.
NEWS
September 23, 1993
On Aug. 21, a Saturday, I received a letter from the Monterey Park City Council informing me of a council meeting on Aug. 23 with representatives from the Metropolitan Water District. It seems MWD wants to refill Garvey Reservoir, despite the proven risks (two faults run beneath the reservoir) to area residents by doing so. When residents arrived at the Monterey Park council chambers, we had to wait while MWD representatives and council members held a closed meeting. We then each received just three minutes to speak.
NEWS
October 17, 1985
The Monterey Park City Council has hired an architectural firm, RNR/Shima of Los Angeles, to devise a master plan for the area southeast of Ramona and Newmark avenues, where both the city library and the Girls and Boys Club are considering expansion. The architect will look at the need for additional parking as well as a means of accommodating building plans. The council voted 4 to 1 this week to offer to buy a lot at 132 Newmark Ave.
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March 13, 1993 | RENEE TAWA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a surprise announcement, a Los Angeles development company has dropped its pursuit of plans for a card club in Monterey Park. A spokesman for BCTC Development Corp. announced at this week's City Council meeting that the company had decided to back off from seeking a ballot measure that would have allowed the company to build a $30-million card club at the Long Beach Freeway and Floral Drive.
NEWS
January 10, 1993 | RENEE TAWA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The San Gabriel Valley's Chinese New Year festivities will begin Saturday, with the first of two official celebrations organized separately by squabbling leaders in neighboring cities. Monterey Park's Downtown Merchants Assn. and the Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the Year of the Rooster with events on Saturday and Sunday, while Alhambra's Chamber of Commerce--along with the City of San Gabriel and other local groups--will sponsor a Chinese New Year Parade and Street Festival on Jan. 30.
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