CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1991
Fifty-two million dollars down the drain, tons of pesticide were sprayed in the atmosphere and the Department of Agriculture's Medfly program is a proven flop. To saturate and spray dangerous pesticides in residential areas is insane and stupid. But the department tries to brainwash people into believing this fly is a threat to the agriculture community. The real threat is to people and pets, as we have learned that 90% of all cancers are environmentally caused. If farmers yell "spray," we'll yell boycott!
August 8, 1991
Once again, the city of Monterey Park is in the limelight, but this time, for all the wrong reasons. The news reports concerning former City Manager Mark Lewis are devastating. His management style was responsible for demoralizing city employees, and one by one valued employees left, but not for greener pastures as he would have us believe. Some accepted positions with lower salaries, reduced status, longer commuting distances, etc., because they couldn't accept conditions at City Hall any longer.
March 7, 1991
The city of Monterey Park has serious problems with City Manager Mark Lewis. A city that has lost 80% of its employees is in deep trouble, and the buck stops at the city manager's desk. Lewis overpays some department heads, and some are given outrageous benefits. We are told county salaries don't come near matching Monterey Park's bloated salaries, and the state is in the process of letting employees go. Lewis broke City Code by purchasing a $10,470 computer, and by itemizing the costs, Lewis insists he didn't have to go to the council for permission to buy this item.
July 29, 1990
Monterey Park has a problem. The city can't count above three. Last year Monterey Park OKd Garfield Medical Center building a three-story parking structure; all city documents record three stories. As the construction proceeded above three stories, residents across the street complained that it was going higher than code. Past and present council members listened and to their discredit did nothing, absolutely nothing. Instead, our city attorney, council and staff used the stupid, inane, dumb excuse that "it is a level," "it is a spiral," "it is a floor."
May 27, 1990
During the May 20 debate, Feinstein stated that massive aerial spraying is "very bothersome to people." Bothersome, Dianne, where have you been? People have become very ill from malathion exposure. Kangaroo rats are protected more than children. Pets have died, the spraying has killed most of the beneficial insects, and we are left with aphids and whiteflies. Over a month ago on television, Feinstein said she supported the malathion spraying. Now she is attempting to woo the malathion opponents.
August 17, 1989
I am outraged at the insensitivity of the Metropolitan Water District and its plans to build a maintenance facility in a residential area. Metropolitan believes it has special privileges and doesn't need an environmental impact report or a conditional-use permit from Monterey Park. I vehemently disagree and was extremely upset to learn that many residents were not informed of Metropolitan's meeting on July 27, nor did all residents receive packets describing the expansion plans. Metropolitan evaded telling residents at the meeting that there would be a chlorine room, a sandblasting room and a painting room.