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July 13, 2005 | Jia-Rui Chong, Times Staff Writer
One of Mexico's most notorious fugitives -- wanted in numerous bank robberies, kidnappings and murders but perhaps most famous for his daring escape from prison 20 years ago -- has been captured living on a tree-lined residential street in South Gate.
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August 24, 2009 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Relatives and neighbors of a 10-year-old South Gate boy who was struck and killed in a crosswalk Saturday called on city officials to install more safety devices at the busy intersection. Ricardo Mercado was killed while crossing Tweedy Boulevard at San Vincente Avenue with his mother and two sisters at 11:24 a.m. They were on their way home after buying Popsicles at a nearby store. A woman driving a Volkswagen SUV was making a left turn from San Vincente Avenue onto Tweedy Boulevard when she struck the family, said Sgt. Tim Williams of the South Gate Police Department.
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November 29, 2006 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
Former South Gate Treasurer Albert Robles was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in federal prison for plundering more than $20 million from the small, working-class city. A federal judge handed down the sentence after Robles said in an impassioned speech that he had acted "immorally" during his years as leader of South Gate, but never broke the law. "There are different levels of hoodwinking, but I didn't think hoodwinking was a crime," Robles said.
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June 18, 2008 | Ted Rohrlich, Times Staff Writer
The newest overseer of America's largest pension fund, the California Public Employees' Retirement System, is a political insider with a vast resume. Louis F. Moret, appointed to the 13-person CalPERS board earlier this year, has served as chief operating officer of Southern California's regional planning agency, a Los Angeles public works commissioner, chief of staff for a former assemblyman and, perhaps most famously, as a boxing referee. Less well known are his troubles in South Gate.
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January 30, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
A 22-year-old woman was arrested Sunday evening on suspicion of child abduction after she failed to return a 3-month-old boy to his mother, police said. Denise Sanchez, who was taking care of the child, was supposed to return him Friday night. Officers found her Sunday evening with the baby and returned him unharmed to his mother, said Lt. David Pixler of the South Gate Police Department.
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February 4, 2003 | Richard Marosi and Megan Garvey, Times Staff Writers
South Gate Mayor Xochilt Ruvalcaba, in what was probably her final City Council meeting before being ousted from office, punched a rival councilman Monday night, stunning the standing-room-only crowd in a troubled city where federal authorities have subpoenaed city documents in their ongoing corruption probe.
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January 20, 2003 | Richard Marosi, Times Staff Writer
She is the go-to person in South Gate for investigators seeking paper trails of political corruption. Carmen Avalos, the no-nonsense city clerk, provides all documents, answers all questions, returns all phone calls. Yet she is the one who some say is being treated like a criminal.
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May 1, 2003 | Richard Marosi, Times Staff Writer
The South Gate City Council, taking its first major actions against people hired by the city's former political leaders, has rescinded the contracts of the former police chief and his two deputies, calling their salaries and perks "unconscionable." At a marathon meeting that ended early Wednesday morning, the five-member council voted unanimously to terminate the contracts of Acting Police Chief Rick Lopez, Assistant Chief Mark A. Van Holt and Deputy Chief Carl Heintz.
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March 23, 2005 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
One of Los Angeles' most prominent law firms agreed Tuesday to pay South Gate $2 million to settle a suit contending that it had overbilled the city for its defense of former Treasurer Albert Robles against criminal charges. The settlement marks a major victory in the city's effort to recoup funds that officials allege were improperly spent during Robles' tenure.
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December 15, 2005 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
Here's one testimonial you won't find on motivational guru Tony Robbins' next infomercial. In 2002, then-South Gate Treasurer Albert Robles took a group of city employees to a seminar at the Hyatt Regency in Garden Grove. In the parking lot of the hotel, along with hundreds of other people, they walked across rows of glowing hot coals -- part of Robbins' self-help regime. Afterward, Robles became a "platinum member" of Robbins' company.
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November 29, 2006 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
Former South Gate Treasurer Albert Robles was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in federal prison for plundering more than $20 million from the small, working-class city. A federal judge handed down the sentence after Robles said in an impassioned speech that he had acted "immorally" during his years as leader of South Gate, but never broke the law. "There are different levels of hoodwinking, but I didn't think hoodwinking was a crime," Robles said.
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August 4, 2006 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
One of the Southland's largest new shopping centers is slated to be built in South Gate next year, reflecting an industry trend toward building shopping centers in overlooked urban districts. A $175-million outdoor mall, called the Gateway, would be built on the site of a departed pipe manufacturing plant at Firestone Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue. At 600,000 square feet, the mall would be larger than the Grove, a popular outdoor shopping venue in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles.
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May 24, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Human bones were found Tuesday on the property of a nursery at 5423 Firestone Blvd., Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators said. The skeletal remains were discovered in a pit about 1:50 p.m., authorities said, and homicide detectives were sent to investigate. It was not known how old the remains were, or if they were those of a man or woman.
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March 28, 2006 | Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writer
In the latest blow to beleaguered South Gate, a Los Angeles jury found Monday that the city should pay more than $4 million to a former police officer who said he was wrongly dismissed. Almost immediately, some City Council members said they would appeal the verdict in favor of former Assistant Chief Mark Van Holt. The award would be insupportable in the predominantly Latino city of 100,000, whose annual budget is $28 million, they said.
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March 20, 2006 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
The city treasurer of South Gate, elected to help clean up the corruption-ravaged city's finances in the wake of the Albert Robles scandal, admitted that he lied about holding a college degree and working on a master's. Rudy Navarro, 26, acknowledged in an interview that he made up parts of his resume after The Times made inquiries into his background and education status last week. "I don't know what I was thinking. It was stupid," he said.
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February 6, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
A crash that killed two women early Sunday on the Long Beach Freeway may have resulted from "road rage" with another vehicle, a witness told the California Highway Patrol. The women were passengers in a sport utility vehicle that rolled down an embankment after veering across the southbound 710 Freeway about 3:10 a.m., investigators said. The SUV driver, a 20-year-old Bellflower man, was hurt. Two passengers, a 20-year-old from Bellflower and a 22-year-old from Kerman, Calif., died at the
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July 27, 2005 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
Former South Gate Treasurer Albert Robles was generous with his friends and relatives to a fault, federal prosecutors say. Most of the $1.8 million in bribe payments they claim he exacted from city contractors wound up in the hands of those nearest and dearest to him. An alleged bagman testified at Robles' trial in Los Angeles federal court that he funneled $165,000 in kickbacks to buy a beachside condo in Baja California for Robles' mother.
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March 28, 2006 | Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writer
In the latest blow to beleaguered South Gate, a Los Angeles jury found Monday that the city should pay more than $4 million to a former police officer who said he was wrongly dismissed. Almost immediately, some City Council members said they would appeal the verdict in favor of former Assistant Chief Mark Van Holt. The award would be insupportable in the predominantly Latino city of 100,000, whose annual budget is $28 million, they said.
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January 30, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
A 22-year-old woman was arrested Sunday evening on suspicion of child abduction after she failed to return a 3-month-old boy to his mother, police said. Denise Sanchez, who was taking care of the child, was supposed to return him Friday night. Officers found her Sunday evening with the baby and returned him unharmed to his mother, said Lt. David Pixler of the South Gate Police Department.
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December 15, 2005 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
Here's one testimonial you won't find on motivational guru Tony Robbins' next infomercial. In 2002, then-South Gate Treasurer Albert Robles took a group of city employees to a seminar at the Hyatt Regency in Garden Grove. In the parking lot of the hotel, along with hundreds of other people, they walked across rows of glowing hot coals -- part of Robbins' self-help regime. Afterward, Robles became a "platinum member" of Robbins' company.
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