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December 14, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
Former Councilman Shawn Boyd pleaded guilty Friday to a felony conflict-of-interest charge that will bar him from ever again seeking public office. Boyd, 34, admitted hiding his financial relationship with Richard Hall, owner of the Seal Beach Trailer Park, who made a $4.5-million profit after the city financed the park's sale last year to a nonprofit group. The judge placed Boyd on three years' probation and fined him almost $50,000.
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December 12, 2002 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
The builder of a major housing project in Seal Beach has agreed to comply with a California Coastal Commission order to preserve Native American remains found at the site. John Laing Homes will submit, within a week, a plan for handling the 22 sets of remains unearthed since July, a spokesman for the developer said Wednesday.
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June 2, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
Three men wearing stockings over their heads and carrying handguns stole an unspecified amount of money from a Washington Mutual bank branch in Seal Beach on Saturday, police said. Witnesses told police three men entered the bank on Seal Beach Boulevard near Leisure World, and two of them grabbed money from a teller's drawer.
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December 27, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Police are searching for a man who robbed a Farmers and Merchants Bank in the 12500 block of Seal Beach Boulevard shortly before 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. The man approached a teller and handed her a note saying he had a gun and wanted money. The robber is described as a Latino in his 20s, with a mustache and goatee, 6 feet tall and weighing about 220 pounds.
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December 20, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
The city will begin installing 97 catch basin filters in storm drains today to reduce the amount of heavy metals, petroleum products and bacteria entering ocean waters, officials said. Public works assistant George Bernard said the filters, which trap debris and litter in baskets, cost $60,000. Money came from the Orange County Urban Water Runoff Program, with matching city funds. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2002.
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November 29, 2001 | STANLEY ALLISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Signaling a reluctance to pay more to clean urban runoff, Seal Beach property owners voted against increasing fees for more frequent street sweeping in the city, officials announced Tuesday. Voters also rejected an increase in the fee for tree-trimming service in the city. The votes were registered in a special mail-in election for property owners. Ballots were mailed to 4,855 eligible voters, and 2,544 (52.4%) responded.
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November 7, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
The California Coastal Commission's staff recommended issuing a coastal development permit to build a 70-home gated community at Hellman Ranch. The commission already approved Hellman Properties LLC's subdivision plan in October 2000 after the developer made significant concessions, including agreeing not to build a golf course on sensitive coastal wetlands and agreeing to sell another tract of wetlands to the state once oil operations are complete.
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September 27, 2001 | JEAN O. PASCO and STANLEY ALLISON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Seal Beach Councilman Shawn Boyd participated for 17 months in decisions involving the city-financed purchase of a local trailer park without disclosing his business ties to its owner, who sold the park for more than twice what he paid for it. Richard Hall bought the Seal Beach Trailer Park in December 1998 for about $3.5 million. He sold it in December 2000 for $7.4 million to a nonprofit organization, city records show. The city put up $1 million in state grant money and $6.
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July 11, 2001 | STANLEY ALLISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Driven to distraction by the chirps and rings of cell phones, Seal Beach this week became one of the first cities in the state to ban the devices from council meetings. The decision was made in response to a recent rash of interruptions during council hearings and deliberations. It comes as public institutions from churches to movie theaters are urging people to shut off their phones.
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