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August 11, 1998 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The judge called it "sad." His own lawyer said that what John Oliver had done was "stupid." A probation officer called it "unfathomable." And in court Monday, Oliver, the elected Redondo Beach city clerk, pleaded no contest to forging a license plate tab--admitting that he had forged one of those little stickers that goes on a vehicle's rear plate and that shows the annual registration fee has been paid. "I'm sorry," Oliver said as he pleaded with Superior Court Judge Michael A.
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March 31, 2000 | JESSICA GARRISON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Redondo Beach City Council has approved a $1-million settlement with a former city manager who sued after being fired for allegedly spying on a police union. Bill Kirchhoff, the former manager, is expected to publicly announce his acceptance of the settlement at a news conference this morning. The council's 3-2 vote for the settlement closes a divisive chapter in the city's history.
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May 22, 1997 | TRACY JOHNSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In a move to change the style and chart a new course for the city's administration, the Redondo Beach City Council unanimously voted to fire City Manager Bill Kirchhoff. The decision to terminate the six-year manager and pay a three-year severance package worth at least $600,000 came late Tuesday during a regularly scheduled City Council meeting and followed three months of controversy over the tenured official's fate. The council had placed Kirchhoff, 54, on paid leave Feb.
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April 1, 1999
Paul Connelly, city manager of Redondo Beach, announced Wednesday that he will resign his post at the end of July. Connelly, who has served as city manager since July 1997, did not explain his reasons for stepping down. Mayor Greg Hill praised Connelly's 28 years of service to the city, including stints as chief of planning, economic development manager and acting harbor director.
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April 1, 1999
Paul Connelly, city manager of Redondo Beach, announced Wednesday that he will resign his post at the end of July. Connelly, who has served as city manager since July 1997, did not explain his reasons for stepping down. Mayor Greg Hill praised Connelly's 28 years of service to the city, including stints as chief of planning, economic development manager and acting harbor director.
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August 29, 1998
The City Council voted unanimously to renew the contract of City Manager Paul Connolly. Mayor Greg Hill credited Connolly with several accomplishments, including the creation of the city's first strategic plan, successful efforts to attract new business and an improved tree maintenance program. "On behalf of the City Council, I commend the tremendous progress and accomplishment during the last year with Paul's experienced leadership," Hill said. Connolly's contract was extended to August 1999.
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May 21, 1993 | KIM KOWSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Redondo Beach City Council is re-evaluating its mileage reimbursement policy after a former councilman came under criticism for submitting an expense claim that critics believe is inflated. The debate began when former Councilman Terry Ward, who lost a reelection bid last month, asked the city to reimburse him $2,715 for expenses incurred since April 1992. Included was a request for $2,340 for 600 miles of driving every month between April, 1992, and April, 1993.
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January 24, 1991
A flap over what impact rubber ducks could have on Santa Monica Bay ended peacefully Tuesday night when Redondo Beach City Council members voted to allow a duck derby fund-raiser to proceed as planned. The June 29 fund-raiser call for the dumping of up to 20,000 of the little yellow tub toys in the ocean near the Redondo Beach Pier. Plans call for the coastal cities unit of the American Cancer Society to collect donations for each numbered duck before the flock is set afloat.
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December 22, 1987
Complaining about a lack of Christmas spirit, two members of the Redondo Beach City Council walked out of a council meeting Monday--effectively ending it. After listening to Mayor Barbara J. Doerr and Councilman Archie Snow bicker for several minutes, Councilwoman Kay Horrell said in a quivering voice: "I do not hear in any of this conversation a spirit of Christmas. . . . I for one refuse to sit here on a very holy week--Christmas--and listen to this kind of conversation. . . .
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February 11, 1997
Redondo Beach City Manager Bill Kirchhoff began a three-week paid leave of absence Monday while an outside consultant evaluates his management style. The leave comes in wake of allegations by the Redondo Beach Police Officers Assn. that the city spied on the officers during a recent meeting. Three workers who Kirchhoff supervises were discovered Thursday sitting in a video control room while officers met in a nearby conference room where cameras were present.
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August 29, 1998
The City Council voted unanimously to renew the contract of City Manager Paul Connolly. Mayor Greg Hill credited Connolly with several accomplishments, including the creation of the city's first strategic plan, successful efforts to attract new business and an improved tree maintenance program. "On behalf of the City Council, I commend the tremendous progress and accomplishment during the last year with Paul's experienced leadership," Hill said. Connolly's contract was extended to August 1999.
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August 11, 1998 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The judge called it "sad." His own lawyer said that what John Oliver had done was "stupid." A probation officer called it "unfathomable." And in court Monday, Oliver, the elected Redondo Beach city clerk, pleaded no contest to forging a license plate tab--admitting that he had forged one of those little stickers that goes on a vehicle's rear plate and that shows the annual registration fee has been paid. "I'm sorry," Oliver said as he pleaded with Superior Court Judge Michael A.
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July 8, 1998
City Clerk John Oliver pleaded not guilty Tuesday to criminal charges of forging or altering a vehicle registration sticker on a van he owned, officials said. Redondo Beach parking enforcement officers discovered Oliver's Ford Econoline van with the allegedly fraudulent sticker during a routine traffic enforcement patrol near Redondo Union High School in October.
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December 12, 1997
In an attempt to tie up loose ends with former City Manager Bill Kirchhoff, the city of Redondo Beach will buy his Pearl Street home and resell it, the City Council has decided. Mayor Greg Hill said that the city offered to buy the home Wednesday for $519,000 and Kirchhoff accepted.
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September 25, 1997
A former Redondo Beach official and an ex-computer maintenance contractor have been charged with nine felony counts centering on theft and conflict-of-interest allegations, according to court records made public Wednesday. Rick Garcia, 35, the city's former director of information services, appeared Wednesday in Los Angeles Municipal Court and was released on his own recognizance. Arraignment was set for Monday.
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August 15, 1997
Former Redondo Beach City Manager Bill Kirchhoff filed a lawsuit Thursday against the city, the police officers association and the former and current City Council members who had a hand in firing him in May. The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleges that the city fired Kirchhoff without due process in retaliation for pointing out irregularities in payroll practices utilized by the Police Department. Kirchhoff seeks unspecified general and punitive damages.
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August 15, 1997
Former Redondo Beach City Manager Bill Kirchhoff filed a lawsuit Thursday against the city, the police officers association and the former and current City Council members who had a hand in firing him in May. The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleges that the city fired Kirchhoff without due process in retaliation for pointing out irregularities in payroll practices utilized by the Police Department. Kirchhoff seeks unspecified general and punitive damages.
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June 28, 1997
After firing its city manager last month, Redondo Beach officials have decided to hire acting City Manager Paul Connolly for the position. The City Council is expected to approve the deal at its City Council meeting Tuesday. Connolly, 56, had been the city's planning director when he stepped in temporarily in February to fill in for Bill Kirchoff, who was placed on paid administrative leave after three city employees were accused of spying on a police union meeting.
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June 13, 1997
After nearly a month of haggling over the contract of ousted City Manager Bill Kirchhoff, the Redondo Beach City Council announced Thursday that it plans to begin payments of his estimated $750,000 severance package immediately. As part of the package, Kirchhoff will continue to receive his $133,254 annual salary, health benefits and use of a city car and cellular phone for up to three years or until he secures employment.
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