August 4, 1988 |
Vice Mayor Frank Blaszcak's city-bought, $2,100 portable telephone has been disconnected. At a heated City Council meeting Tuesday night, Blaszcak announced that he had turned in the phone Friday after deciding to leave his job as a public affairs director for the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts sometime in September. Blaszcak had purchased the cellular phone at city expense in May, saying his agency prohibits employees from making personal calls on county phones.
April 21, 1988 |
It didn't take long for the new slow-growth majority on the City Council to stir things up. Within half an hour of being sworn in Tuesday night, the three newly elected councilmen had announced the resignation of the city attorney, hired an interim replacement and introduced a consultant who will help them with the transition. They also want the city to hire the consultant to investigate the Police Department.
May 5, 1988 |
It took a few weeks for things to settle down for the new-look City Council. At Tuesday's meeting, the three new council members were blissfully handling such humdrum matters as weed abatement and the question of whether to have a nondenominational invocation at council meetings. But the air had not entirely cleared after their tumultuous first appearance two weeks ago.
March 25, 1990 |
The Los Angeles Raiders may be bound for Oakland, but they're still casting a long shadow over Irwindale politics. As seven City Council candidates go door to door with campaign flyers and buttons, they're learning that residents haven't forgotten about the $10 million the city paid to Raiders owner Al Davis more than two years ago in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to land the team.
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January 28, 1990 |
Happy Hour was about to start. The two bartenders were taking a break, discussing the fate of the Raiders over a couple of beers. "Oakland," Alan Haspe said. "Probably Oakland." Michael Wilkinson took a long swig. "I think it's real close between the two," he said. "I say Oakland or Sacramento." "It might be like this. The Rams will go to the Coliseum and the Raiders will go to Anaheim," Haspe said. "It's possible." And what about Irwindale? Wilkinson: "Slim."
April 23, 1989 |
Nobody said it would be easy. But the latest rash of squabbles and setbacks related to this city's quest to lure the football Raiders away from Los Angeles has city officials laboring to get back on track. Despite brave assertions that a deal to build a football stadium is "very much alive," city officials acknowledge that Irwindale is in disarray. Most of the blame is being placed on recent troubles with fired consultant Fred Lyte. "We've had disagreements among our City Council and community over the years," said Mayor Patricio Miranda, in a written statement last week, "but I've never seen our community divided like it is now by an outsider and his followers."
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December 17, 1987 |
Charles Martin, the city manager and city attorney of Irwindale, will pay $400,000 in civil fines to avoid criminal prosecution on charges that he was involved in conflicts of interest when he took commissions on sales of six bond issues he had recommended to the Irwindale City Council, Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Ira Reiner announced Wednesday.
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July 30, 1988 |
Three months ago, a new era appeared to have dawned in San Gabriel, a garrulous little city of neat one-family homes and bustling commercial strips. After a hotly fought election, three new "slow-growth" councilmen were sworn in, and a fourth was appointed to fill a vacancy. All of them were committed to halting the unruly proliferation of condominiums and strip malls that have begun to clutter once-tranquil neighborhoods. San Gabriel was one city, everybody said, where slow growth had won.
September 29, 1988 |
After an unusually vitriolic election campaign last spring, in which three challengers swept into the City Council on a wave of slow-growth sentiment, things seemed to settle down to low-grade feelings of repugnance between opposing political groups. There was even an occasional gesture of amicability between slow-growth newcomers and the old guard, such as Councilman Sabino Cici nominating Ted Anderson last May to fill a vacancy on the council.
July 24, 1988 |
Three months ago, a new era appeared to have dawned in this garrulous little city of neat one-family homes and bustling commercial strips. After a hotly fought election, three new "slow-growth" councilmen were sworn in, and a fourth was appointed to fill a vacancy. All of them were committed to halting the unruly proliferation of condominiums and strip malls that have begun to clutter once-tranquil neighborhoods. San Gabriel was one city, everybody said, where slow growth had won.