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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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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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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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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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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Gate City Council, taking its first major actions against people hired by the city's former political leaders, has rescinded the contracts of the former police chief and his two deputies, calling their salaries and perks "unconscionable."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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March 31, 2003 | Richard Marosi, Times Staff Writer
During their last months in office, political leaders in South Gate approved $2.8 million in severance packages for more than a dozen administrators, promising them 18 months' salary if they were fired and one year's pay if they quit.
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July 29, 2005 | David Rosenzweig Times Staff Writer, Times Staff Writer
Albert Robles, the charismatic and volatile South Gate treasurer who dominated politics in the small, blue-collar city during two tumultuous years, was convicted Thursday of soliciting more than $1.8 million in bribes from bidders on municipal contracts. Robles, 40, served as an elected official in the predominantly Latino city of 100,000 in southeast Los Angeles County for nearly a dozen years.
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December 6, 2001 | RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
South Gate has created a new city department staffed by dozens of field workers to tell the public about city services. But opponents fear that the "community outreach" work force is really being formed for political purposes. The Community Services Department was approved in a 3-2 vote Tuesday night without comment by the City Council majority as protesters heckled them. City officials said the new department, budgeted at $1.
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December 16, 2002 | Richard Marosi, Times Staff Writer
South Gate's besieged leaders, one facing criminal charges and others a recall election, seem to some residents these days to be trying to be more like Santa Claus than the bearded fat man in the red suit who rode in the city's annual Christmas parade Sunday. They have offered free trash service this month to every home. They have unveiled a plan for some free medical care at a new health clinic. One lucky resident will get a new television set in a lottery being publicized by the city.
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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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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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August 28, 2005 | Daniel Hernandez, Times Staff Writer
The 2006 Mexican presidential race's first major north-of-the-border manifestation got off to a slow start on Saturday, as about 30 people attended a political platform forum in South Gate for the ruling National Action Party. The party, known by its Spanish initials, PAN, held the forum to gauge voter concerns leading up to the first presidential election in which Mexicans living abroad, including millions in the United States, will be allowed to vote by mail.
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August 11, 2005 | Jia-Rui Chong, Times Staff Writer
Voters recalled him from office. He was convicted of bribery in a corruption case that cost taxpayers $12 million. Next month, he faces trial on charges of fraud and improper use of public money. But this week, former South Gate Treasurer Albert Robles served the city with a suit for wrongful termination. "Either I am a crazy madman and insane or someone who in his heart believes he's not guilty of these things or someday would be vindicated," Robles said Wednesday. "I don't believe I'm crazy.
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July 29, 2005 | David Rosenzweig Times Staff Writer, Times Staff Writer
Albert Robles, the charismatic and volatile South Gate treasurer who dominated politics in the small, blue-collar city during two tumultuous years, was convicted Thursday of soliciting more than $1.8 million in bribes from bidders on municipal contracts. Robles, 40, served as an elected official in the predominantly Latino city of 100,000 in southeast Los Angeles County for nearly a dozen years.
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July 24, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A security guard was shot to death outside a restaurant early Saturday after an argument in the parking lot escalated, authorities said. A man got out of a black Honda about 3:45 a.m. and fired a handgun, apparently at patrons on the east side of the Brite Spot restaurant on Firestone Boulevard, said Lt. David Smith of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Authorities are seeking information on the gunman, who was accompanied by two women in the Honda.
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March 12, 2002 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles Unified School District closed a $25.7-million deal Monday to buy a 40-acre parcel in South Gate for a new high school and middle school to ease severe classroom overcrowding. The 3,654-student high school and 1,873-student middle school are expected to open by 2005 on the site of a former industrial park. Both campuses will have year-round schedules. "This is huge news for South Gate," said Jim McConnell, the district's chief facilities executive.
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February 3, 2003 | Richard Marosi, Times Staff Writer
Less than a week after South Gate residents overwhelmingly voted to oust the three-member City Council majority, the council is scheduled to consider at a special meeting today several costly and controversial measures that some residents fear could cause irreparable damage to the city. One of them would benefit a businessman linked to Treasurer Albert Robles, who also lost his office in the election.
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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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October 7, 2004 | Sam Quinones, Times Staff Writer
The city of South Gate, shaken by stormy years of malfeasance that left it near bankruptcy, got some badly needed good news this week. A judge ruled Tuesday that a prominent Los Angeles law firm must repay the city $517,000 in legal fees. The fees were charged to defend Albert Robles, the city treasurer for several years, before a criminal grand jury in 2001 and 2002.
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