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October 27, 1991 | SANTIAGO O'DONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert Garcia, 16, was born and raised to be a boxer. His father, Eduardo Garcia, has trained him since he was 8. His mother, Virginia, cooks him steamed meals while the rest of the family eats their food fried. His sister, Chela, makes his boxing shorts. His brother, Danny, who became a professional boxer and had a record of 18-4 before retiring at age 24, is his biggest fan.
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April 9, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Setting the stage for a shake-up in city politics, a councilman and a real estate investor held off heavily favored Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal in Long Beach's mayoral election and will meet in a June runoff. Unofficial tallies in Tuesday's vote showed Councilman Robert Garcia leading the pack with 25.4% of the vote, and former NFL player and real estate investor Damon Dunn close behind with 22.3%. Lowenthal, a political heavyweight in the port city, garnered 19.6%. It marked the first time in her lengthy career that she lost an election day contest.
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March 8, 1993 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert Garcia threw a flurry of jabs and uppercuts at a phantom opponent, burning nervous energy while waiting to climb into the ring. For the first time since the Oxnard high school senior slipped on a pair of boxing gloves more than a decade ago, Garcia's mother was on hand to watch him fight. So were two Oxnard city councilmen, the mayor and dozens of barrio youngsters who idolize the 18-year-old prizefighter--and who would give anything to be like him.
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January 24, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Oxnard's world super-featherweight champion, Mikey Garcia, has the immediate task of fighting Tijuana's Juan Carlos Burgos on Saturday night on HBO in New York. The 26-year-old's challenge is maintaining focus on that task as blinding opportunities are laid before the 33-0 fighter. Four fights this year, moves up in weight, Manny Pacquiao. All of this chatter is now attached to Garcia, the kid brother of distinguished Oxnard trainer Robert Garcia. Especially the Pacquiao talk, which has been mentioned in nearly every recent story about the rising pound-for-pound member with 28 knockouts.
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February 21, 1991 | RUSSELL BEN-ALI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police arrested a suspect Wednesday in the slaying of a man who was found shot to death in a Pacific Beach park Tuesday night. Steven McKinley, 18, was arrested at a city residence and held on suspicion of homicide, a police spokesman said. McKinley had been sought for questioning in connection with the death of Robert Garcia, 20, and the wounding of his brother, Vincent Garcia, 18. The shootings took place in Kate Sessions Park about 10 p.m. Tuesday, Homicide Lt. Gary Learn said.
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October 13, 1989 | From Times staff and wire reports
Conceding the congressman made a mistake in "judgment," defense lawyers for Rep. Robert Garcia (D-N.Y.) concluded their arguments in his corruption trial in New York City. Garcia, 56, and his wife, Jane Lee, 48, are accused in a seven-count indictment of accepting $185,100 in payoffs from the scandal-ridden defense contractor Wedtech Corp. The indictment also alleged the Garcias obtained a $20,000, no-interest loan from a Wedtech executive. The jury was due to begin deliberations today.
NEWS
March 6, 1988
Robert Garcia, 29, accused of killing a sea otter, was sentenced to six months in jail by a judge who was told by prosecutors that the defendant did not think the offense was serious. Garcia pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor lesser charge of possession of the animal. Garcia had been charged with killing the otter at Moss Landing and dumping the carcass in a Salinas gutter after trying to skin it. Municipal Judge Alan Hedegard ordered a maximum jail term and a $1,000 fine.
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October 19, 1991 | From Associated Press
Former Congressman Robert Garcia was convicted Friday of extorting a no-interest loan from the scandal-plagued Wedtech Corp. But the jury was undecided on whether he demanded illegal payoffs. The jury also found that his wife, Jane Lee Garcia, was guilty of conspiracy and extorting $76,000 in payoffs from Wedtech. The verdict in U.S. District Court in Manhattan was the second time the South Bronx Democrat and his wife were convicted in the case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1993 | MIKE WARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A suspect in the shooting of a Pomona police officer that triggered a four-county police chase ending in Santa Ana was released from custody Monday after investigators concluded that he was only a look-alike. Pomona Police Capt. Chuck Heilman said Robert Garcia, 25, has been cleared of any involvement in the case and that police are searching for a man who resembles him.
SPORTS
October 13, 1996 | VINCE KOWALICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Before the final bell tolls on the boxing careers of Robert Garcia and Fernando Vargas, both figure to stand in more than a few neutral corners, probably in a few far-flung corners of the globe. But ultimately, neither wishes to roam far from his native Oxnard, or from the watchful eye of Eduardo Garcia, Robert's father and trainer of both fighters since they first laced on a pair of oversized gloves as small boys at tiny La Colonia Youth Boxing Club.
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November 20, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Some things aren't forgivable. That's the resounding thought that echoes from the video of Manny Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach igniting a confrontation with Brandon Rios' trainer Robert Garcia and conditioning coach Alex Ariza on Wednesday in Macao, China. Roach told me a few months ago that he had come to peace with Rios after the boxer, in a video shot three years ago by Elie Seckbach, mocked the trainer's Parkinson's symptoms with Garcia and then-Pacquiao opponent Antonio Margarito in the scene.
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November 19, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
No one near the welterweight division can hit as hard as Manny Pacquiao. No one near the welterweight division can take punches better than Brandon Rios. The prospect of an action-packed fight between the two is why the 27-year-old Rios (31-1-1, 23 knockouts) landed the main event against Pacquiao on Saturday night in Macao. The bout is also expected to answer if Pacquiao, 34, still has punching power after his stunning knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in December. "To everyone who thinks I'm an easy opponent for Pacquiao, a walking punching bag, this is my fight," Rios said recently while training near his home in Oxnard.
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October 30, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
The last time Robert Garcia sent one of his fighters into a ring with Manny Pacquiao, Antonio Margarito was reduced to lying coldly on a gurney, ice packs covering his battered body, one of his eyes permanently damaged. Now, Garcia is in the final weeks of training former world lightweight champion Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 knockouts) in Oxnard for the 27-year-old's first pay-per-view main event, versus Pacquiao Nov. 23 in Macao. “Three years ago, we had a big opportunity with Antonio Margarito,” Garcia said.
SPORTS
June 27, 2009 | Lance Pugmire
Into the void of boxing without Oscar De La Hoya steps Oxnard's Victor Ortiz. Like the now-retired Golden Boy, Ortiz, 22, is poised for national attention at a young age. He doesn't have the platform of the Olympics, but Ortiz is headlining an HBO-televised main event today at Staples Center against Argentina's knockout specialist Marcos Rene Maidana (25-1, 24 KOs) for the interim World Boxing Assn. junior-welterweight title.
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May 7, 2001 | KEVIN F. SHERRY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
One of the most successful boxers to come out of La Colonia Boxing Club has won four world championships, yet very few people know her name. That's right: her name. Professional boxer Marischa Sjauw (pronounced Shaw) trains at the converted fire station, which has produced such male champions as Fernando Vargas and Robert Garcia. The 29-year-old Sjauw currently holds the lightweight (135-pound) world title for the International Female Boxers Assn.
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July 8, 2000 | VINCE KOWALICK
Robert Garcia learned the hard way all that eye-of-the-tiger stuff is true. One thing Garcia knows for sure--he was a better contender than champion. Now, he's trying to change that. "Every champion loses," Garcia said. "Every champion has to come back." Add Garcia to the list of boxers on the comeback trail, former champions struggling to rekindle their fire and reestablish themselves among the ranks of formidable fighters.
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July 29, 1995 | JOHN LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They are linked by their last name and their profession but nothing more, said Oxnard boxer Robert Garcia of the late Jimmy Garcia, a Colombian junior lightweight who died after suffering head injuries in a May 6 loss to Gabe Ruelas of Sylmar. Robert Garcia sat at ringside and watched as Ruelas hammered Jimmy Garcia for nearly 11 rounds before the fight was stopped. Garcia, 23, collapsed after leaving the ring, immediately underwent surgery and lay in a coma for 13 days before succumbing.
NEWS
December 2, 1988
Rep. Robert Garcia (D-N.Y.) and his wife pleaded innocent to federal bribery and extortion charges stemming from the Wedtech corruption scandal. Garcia, 55, his wife, Jane Lee Garcia, 48, and a lawyer from Puerto Rico, Ralph Vallone Jr., 41, were indicted last week for an alleged conspiracy to obtain $185,000 in cash, interest-free loans and jewelry from the Wedtech Corp. The indictment came just a few days after former Rep. Mario Biaggi (D-N.Y.
SPORTS
October 24, 1999 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert Garcia, Oxnard's other fighter, the man who had fought to get into the spotlight held by his best friend and stablemate Fernando Vargas, was knocked back into the shadows Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena by Diego Corrales.
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July 22, 1999 | JERRY HICKS
The tribute next to the dirty pavement of South Gunther Street in Santa Ana is a sad reminder of a life gone wrong. A week old now, some of the candles enclosed in tall glasses are still kept burning. Orchids and roses are now faded, but carefully placed within the shrine. "Rest in Peace Robert G, from your home boy Little Meno," reads one placard. "Bendiga Nuestro Hogar" (Bless This Place), states another. A third shows a picture of Robert Garcia, 26, surrounded by his buddies, all laughing.
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