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November 4, 2000 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the surface, South Gate is a quiet, working-class town in south Los Angeles County that was once known as the home of General Motors and Firestone Rubber and Tire. But 20 years after those plants closed, South Gate is gaining a reputation as the home of some of the region's ugliest mudslinging political campaigns. Last year, thousands of South Gate voters received anonymous mailers that falsely accused one candidate of being a child molester and another of being a drunk driver. Both lost.
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November 20, 2001 | RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Molotov cocktails were thrown early Monday at the business of a South Gate political activist involved in a fiercely contested voter recall effort. The fire destroyed one van and damaged another at the plumbing business owned by Joseph Ruiz. A second firebomb failed to ignite after being thrown at the front door of the building. "It's definitely arson," South Gate police Lt. Vincent Avila said.
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November 18, 2001 | RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When audience members at a recent South Gate City Council meeting were ordered to stop meowing every time a councilwoman spoke, they changed tactics. At the next meeting, they sat silently but waved placards reading, "Meow-Meow-Meow." City officials are now barking back. Saying unruly behavior at council meetings disrupts civic affairs and borders at times on riot conditions, the officials launched a campaign to stop it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2001 | RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When audience members at a recent South Gate City Council meeting were ordered to stop meowing every time a councilwoman spoke, they changed tactics. At the next meeting, they sat silently but waved placards reading, "Meow-Meow-Meow." City officials are now barking back. Saying unruly behavior at council meetings disrupts civic affairs and borders at times on riot conditions, the officials launched a campaign to stop it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2001 | RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Molotov cocktails were thrown early Monday at the business of a South Gate political activist involved in a fiercely contested voter recall effort. The fire destroyed one van and damaged another at the plumbing business owned by Joseph Ruiz. A second firebomb failed to ignite after being thrown at the front door of the building. "It's definitely arson," South Gate police Lt. Vincent Avila said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2000 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the surface, South Gate is a quiet, working-class town in south Los Angeles County that was once known as the home of General Motors and Firestone Rubber and Tire. But 20 years after those plants closed, South Gate is gaining a reputation as the home of some of the region's ugliest mudslinging political campaigns. Last year, thousands of South Gate voters received anonymous mailers that falsely accused one candidate of being a child molester and another of being a drunk driver. Both lost.
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