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December 24, 2001
How stunned and disappointed we were to once again see Frank del Olmo paint Bell Gardens and Latino politics with a broad brush of prejudice ("Latino Activists Should Not Ignore the Dirty Pols," Commentary, Dec. 9). His preconceived notion that a few wayward Latino politicians have destroyed southeast communities like Bell Gardens is absolutely absurd. Del Olmo's commentary fails to mention the great accomplishments of the majority of Latino elected officials in low-income, blue-collar communities like Bell Gardens.
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OPINION
December 24, 2001
How stunned and disappointed we were to once again see Frank del Olmo paint Bell Gardens and Latino politics with a broad brush of prejudice ("Latino Activists Should Not Ignore the Dirty Pols," Commentary, Dec. 9). His preconceived notion that a few wayward Latino politicians have destroyed southeast communities like Bell Gardens is absolutely absurd. Del Olmo's commentary fails to mention the great accomplishments of the majority of Latino elected officials in low-income, blue-collar communities like Bell Gardens.
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June 28, 2001 | RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The morass of political scandals and investigations engulfing Bell Gardens City Hall these days got even stickier Wednesday. One day after prosecutors filed a conflict-of-interest charge against City Manager Maria Chacon, police opened an investigation into a late-night confrontation between the mayor and a former council member. The former councilman, Rogelio Rodriguez, says Mayor Ramiro Morales tried to run him over in the City Hall parking lot.
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June 28, 2001 | RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The morass of political scandals and investigations engulfing Bell Gardens City Hall these days got even stickier Wednesday. One day after prosecutors filed a conflict-of-interest charge against City Manager Maria Chacon, police opened an investigation into a late-night confrontation between the mayor and a former council member. The former councilman, Rogelio Rodriguez, says Mayor Ramiro Morales tried to run him over in the City Hall parking lot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A judge hearing the conflict-of-interest case against Bell Gardens City Manager Maria Chacon warned Chacon on Thursday to control her supporters after prosecutors said their key witness was injured in a confrontation with one of her allies, the city's mayor. The admonishment comes two days after police opened an investigation into the incident between the prosecution's witness, Rogelio Rodriguez, and Mayor Ramiro Morales. Rodriguez claims the mayor tried to run him over in his car.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 1995
The latest political battle is over, but the war goes on in Bell Gardens. Election officials on Friday rejected a petition to recall Mayor Maria Chacon and Councilman Ramiro Morales on charges of corruption and cronyism. But petitioners on Tuesday vowed to challenge the rejection, while the targets of the recall said they will ask the district attorney's office to investigate the campaign.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 1995
The mayor and police chief of Bell Gardens announced Monday morning that they have asked the district attorney's office for a criminal investigation into allegations of forgery by campaign workers of a recently defeated recall effort. The recall campaign targeted Mayor Maria Chacon and Councilman Ramiro Morales, who themselves led a successful recall in 1991 of four white City Council members accused of racism against Latinos.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 1995
RECALL REDUX: Bell Gardens' Mayor Maria S. Chacon and Councilman Ramiro Morales should know how to fight a recently launched recall campaign against them: Both were the leaders of a nationally publicized 1991 recall of four white City Council members who were accused by activists of racism against the city's largely Latino residents. This time around it's the layoff of 13 employees and accusations of power-grabbing that have recallers angry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 1995
A campaign seeking to oust Bell Gardens Mayor Maria Chacon and Councilman Ramiro Morales turned in petitions with more than 2,000 signatures Thursday, well above the amount required for a recall election. The county registrar will have to verify the authenticity of the signatures before deciding whether an election will be held. "We are pretty proud," said Laird Halverson, manager of the recall campaign. "Getting in excess of 2,000 signatures--no one has ever done that in Bell Gardens."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 1999
Only two weeks after Bell Gardens voters recalled three City Council members, the newly elected council voted Wednesday to put the city manager and police chief on administrative leave. City Hall insiders predicted the two officials will eventually be fired.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 1998
The political feud among Bell Gardens City Council members escalated Monday when a majority voted to censure Councilwoman Maria Chacon, a community activist who helped elect the city's first Latino majority. The censure motion, which is equivalent to a formal rebuke, accuses Chacon of disrupting council meetings, bullying city employees and abusing her position to obtain confidential information on private citizens.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 1991
A man attempting to start his stalled pickup on the shoulder of Interstate 805 Thursday morning was killed when he was struck by a vehicle driven onto the shoulder, CHP officers said. Thomas Gene Roth, 35, who lived in the 1400 block of Hemlock Avenue, Imperial Beach, was pronounced dead about 3 a.m. of multiple injuries received at the accident scene, the county medical examiner's office confirmed.
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