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March 4, 2000 | ANTONIO OLIVO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Locked in a bitter fight to win the Democratic Party nomination in the 29th state Senate District, candidates Richard Melendez and Steve Herfert reflect a new wave of grass-roots politics stretching across a swath of east Los Angeles County from Sierra Madre to La Mirada. Both serve on the City Council in West Covina, a diverse city that reflects the changing demographics of the San Gabriel Valley.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2000 | ANTONIO OLIVO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Locked in a bitter fight to win the Democratic Party nomination in the 29th state Senate District, candidates Richard Melendez and Steve Herfert reflect a new wave of grass-roots politics stretching across a swath of east Los Angeles County from Sierra Madre to La Mirada. Both serve on the City Council in West Covina, a diverse city that reflects the changing demographics of the San Gabriel Valley.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1998
Duarte City Manager Jesse H. Duff announced Wednesday that he has had a change of heart and will remain in Duarte and not accept the top job at West Covina City Hall. Less than 24 hours before, the West Covina Council introduced Duff as its new city manager. "I haven't been told yet. This is unbelievable," said West Covina Councilman Michael Touhey. Duff announced the change of heart to West Covina Mayor Richard Melendez on Wednesday afternoon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1999
The city has taken the first step toward selling its municipal water company for $11.5 million to Covina-based Suburban Water Systems, which plans to cut rates by 15% for four years. City Council members approved the sale Tuesday on a 3-2 vote, with Councilmen Richard Melendez and Ben Wong dissenting. The proposal is expected to be voted on by its 4,200 customers in the Woodside neighborhood in November through a mail-in ballot. Suburban already provides water to 70% of the city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 1998
The City Council has rejected a plan to hire a law firm to deal with potential litigation by the recently fired police chief. More than 100 residents attended Tuesday night's meeting, at which the council voted unanimously not to hire the Los Angeles law firm of Beltran, Leal & Medina. The decision came amid widespread opposition from city leaders and employees, including the West Covina Police Officers Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 1998
The City Council has delayed implementation of a county system requiring restaurants to display letter grades awarded by county health inspectors. The council refused Tuesday to approve an ordinance requiring that the letter grades be used in West Covina because the Board of Supervisors has yet to set reinspection fees. Under the system, restaurants receive grades from A to C. Restaurant owners can ask for a new inspection at their own expense within 10 days of being graded by the county.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1998
The City Council has voted unanimously to appoint Daniel G. Hobbs, the top municipal official in an upscale Detroit suburb, as the city manager. Hobbs, city manager in Farmington Hills, Mich., a community of 82,000, was selected from five finalists, officials said. As Farmington Hills manager since 1996, he has overseen city government in a community that is home to several computer technology firms and an extensive parks system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 1998
The City Council has agreed to pay former Police Chief John Distelrath $210,000 to settle a legal battle over his firing in February, according to a copy of the settlement released Thursday. The agreement, signed by Mayor Richard Melendez and Distelrath, settles all claims against the city by the former chief, including a worker's compensation claim. Distelrath also will be provided with a letter stating that he retired from city service in June 1998, according to the settlement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2000
The City Council voted to fire its city attorney and redevelopment attorney Tuesday night despite heated public charges that their motives were political. The three council members who appeared and voted unanimously in a closed session have complained that City Atty. Elizabeth Martyn spent far too much taxpayer money--at least $50,000--on what became a public relations nightmare: the prosecution of a family who owned a chimpanzee.
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June 7, 2000 | RICHARD WINTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The West Covina City Council on Tuesday night abandoned plans to require fingerprinting of every volunteer coach--from Pee Wee football to Little League baseball--to screen out sex offenders. Instead, the council decided to let the 14 sports leagues operating in the city to make their own decisions on such checks. The city agreed to provide the leagues with police assistance if they choose to adopt a fingerprinting program.
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March 5, 2000 | JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A handful of local state Senate seats without incumbents have touched off several hot contests in Tuesday's primaries. In two of them, winning the Democratic nomination is tantamount to victory in November, and both campaigns have turned into political survival struggles between seasoned Assembly members. In the race for the 23rd District, where the state's term-limits law is forcing Westside Democratic Sen.
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