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April 27, 1996 | TIM MAY
A section of 1st Street near the San Fernando / Sylmar Metrolink station has been officially renamed Frank Modugno Drive after the late civic leader. Modugno was well known for his involvement in community organizations around the northeast San Fernando Valley, including the Kiwanis Club, the Elks Club, the San Fernando Chamber of Commerce, Boy Scouts of America, and the Los Angeles Police Department's youth drug-education program known as DARE.
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March 8, 2001 | IRENE GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Maribel De La Torre, the top vote-getter this week in the San Fernando City Council race, will likely become part of a new majority on the council that favors preserving the small-town atmosphere of the blue-collar city of 25,000 in the northeast San Fernando Valley. De La Torre will join her sister, Cindy Montanez, on the five-member panel, making them what many believe are the only siblings elected to serve simultaneously on a city council in the county.
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December 3, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
A report by the San Fernando city attorney, who has investigated allegations that Councilwoman Joanne Baltierrez may have received preferential treatment allowing her to leave water bills unpaid for months, has been completed and will soon be released, officials said. Mayor Raul Godinez said he hopes to release the report, which has been given to City Council members, to the public by the end of the week.
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May 8, 1999 | IRENE GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At a hastily called closed meeting Friday afternoon, the City Council voted 3 to 2 to fire its city attorney, the Los Angeles law firm of Beltran, Leal & Medina. San Fernando City Council members Silverio Robledo, Richard Ramos and Beverly Di Tomaso voted for the change, while Mayor Jose Hernandez and Councilwoman Cindy Montanez dissented.
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December 5, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
A report released by the city attorney Thursday indicates that Councilwoman Joanne Baltierrez received improper extensions of her overdue water bills but stopped short of saying she had requested the preferential treatment. In October the City Council asked the city attorney to investigate the matter after former council candidate Juana Mojica presented documents indicating that Baltierrez, a former mayor, had fallen as much as six months behind in her payments.
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March 15, 1996 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Former Mayor Jess Margarito faces felony charges for allegedly crediting friends and acquaintances with court-ordered community service they did not perform, authorities said Thursday. Capping a three-year investigation by the San Fernando Police Department, prosecutors Monday filed forgery charges against Margarito, a longtime San Fernando power broker who also served as a city councilman and parks director. If convicted, he faces up to four years and four months in state prison.
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May 21, 1994 | ED BOND
A new parks and recreation director in San Fernando was named Thursday to replace Jess Margarito, the popular but controversial director fired in January. "I'm looking forward to it," said Ed Montan, assistant parks and recreation director for Manhattan Beach, after learning he had been named to the San Fernando post. More than 40 people applied to replace Margarito as director. Montan was named after a closed session with the City Council on Wednesday night, said City Administrator Mary Strenn.
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September 19, 1996 | DARRELL SATZMAN
Former San Fernando mayor and parks director Jess Margarito was sentenced this week to three years' probation for crediting convicts with community service work they never performed. The longtime community activist was the target of a three-year investigation by the San Fernando Police Department that ended in March with prosecutors filing felony forgery charges that could have resulted in more than four years of jail time.
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March 15, 1994 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO
Forty people have applied so far to replace Jess Margarito as parks director in San Fernando, and 160 people have expressed interest in the position. Margarito was fired from his job as director of the Department of Recreation and Community Services in January for alleged misuse of his office. An interim director, Rollie Wright, has held the job for the past seven weeks.
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August 3, 1997 | KARIMA A. HAYNES and DARRELL SATZMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the days before the City Council election in March, candidate Silverio Robledo told voters that for the city to prosper, the buck must stop here. The 33-year-old engineer, banker and UCLA business school graduate campaigned with talk of a shopper's paradise, with thriving bookstores, coffee shops, stores and restaurants. The idea is simple, he said, though not easy to bring about: Draw new customers to the 2.5-square mile municipality, thereby generating new jobs and merchant profits.
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March 22, 1999 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dreams lifted Jose Hernandez from his childhood as a migrant worker in south Texas, propelled him into the Chicano movement in the late '60s and landed him a job as a professor at Cal State Northridge 30 years ago. Dreams still drive the tireless 69-year-old, who was selected mayor of San Fernando on Tuesday for the second time. Cruising the streets of the 2.
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March 18, 1999 | AGNES DIGGS
Cal State Northridge Chicano studies professor Jose Hernandez is the new mayor of San Fernando. The City Council selected Hernandez at a meeting Tuesday night. In an interview Wednesday, Hernandez said his plans for the city include expanded economic development, image enhancement and improvements to recreational facilities. "We have a young, energetic City Council with a beautiful vision," he said. "They're going to energize me to make San Fernando much better."
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December 8, 1998 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN and MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Raul Godinez II formally resigned as mayor of San Fernando on Monday night, setting the stage for what political sources suspect is his next endeavor: a run for a seat on the Los Angeles City Council. Godinez, 36, has been eyeing the 7th Council District seat recently vacated by Richard Alarcon, who was elected in November to represent the east San Fernando Valley in the 20th state Senate district.
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December 3, 1998 | KARIMA A. HAYNES
The city Planning Commission on Tuesday rejected Big Red Family Entertainment Center's request for a permit to add an upscale restaurant to an existing pizza parlor and arcade, saying alcohol and kids' video games don't mix. The owner of the popular pizza restaurant and game room sought permission to divide the facility into two buildings: one where beer, wine and spirits would be sold to diners, and another where kids could play arcade games, officials said.
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August 1, 1998 | TOM SCHULTZ
Efforts to hire a new city administrator could conclude this morning when the City Council meets privately to discuss and evaluate remaining candidates. "I expect a decision," Mayor Raul Godinez II said. The name of the person selected for the city's top nonelective post could be announced today or at the council's biweekly meeting Monday evening, he said.
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July 18, 1998 | TOM SCHULTZ
The City Council will interview four candidates for the vacant city administrator's position today and could announce its decision at Monday's council meeting, said Howard Miura, interim city administrator. The council at its biweekly meeting will also hold a public hearing on the city's proposed $13-million budget for fiscal year 1998-99. After the hearing, the council could make any adjustments to the budget deemed necessary or adopt the spending plan, Miura said.
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November 17, 1993 | GEOFFREY MOHAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A police investigation into allegations of abuse of powers by Jess Margarito, a controversial but well-liked former mayor, has set off a political brouhaha involving San Fernando's top political figures. Margarito, a leading Latino activist and currently the city director of recreation and community services, is being investigated for possible misuse of city employees and funds by both the Los Angeles County district attorney's office and the San Fernando Police Department.
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March 23, 1994 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO
A group of residents surprised San Fernando City Council member Jose Hernandez by presenting him with a plaque for his drive to make San Fernando the first city in the nation to make Cesar Chavez's birthday a legal holiday. "This was one time when there was no quarrel," said Hernandez, clearly moved by the honor, which took place during a council meeting Monday. "There was a full consensus to honor this American hero.
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December 17, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
After angry debate and personal exchanges between members, the City Council voted 3 to 2 Monday to formally censure Councilwoman Joanne Baltierrez for failing to reject preferential treatment in the late payment of her water bills. By the same vote, the council also approved a motion requesting that Baltierrez pay the city $240--$30 for each of the eight months that the majority said she improperly avoided reconnection fees. According to a report released Dec.
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December 5, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
A report released by the city attorney Thursday indicates that Councilwoman Joanne Baltierrez received improper extensions of her overdue water bills but stopped short of saying she had requested the preferential treatment. In October the City Council asked the city attorney to investigate the matter after former council candidate Juana Mojica presented documents indicating that Baltierrez, a former mayor, had fallen as much as six months behind in her payments.
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