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March 21, 1998
The city's transportation manager has resigned and South Pasadena has launched a search for a new manager to coordinate its battle against the proposed Long Beach Freeway extension, City Manager Sean Joyce said. Transportation Manager Katherine Perez notified city officials that she will be leaving to spend more time with her family, but has agreed to continue in the position on a contract basis until a successor is hired, Joyce said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1998
In a split vote, the City Council has agreed to hire Joseph William Pannone, whose law firm also represents Culver City and Palos Verdes, as its new city attorney. Pannone, of the Los Angeles law firm of Kane, Ballmer & Berkman, will replace interim city attorney Francisco Leal of Beltran, Leal & Medina, who has been the municipality's legal counsel since 1996. In a closed session late Wednesday, the council voted 3 to 2 to hire Pannone's firm.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 1996
South Pasadena officials announced Thursday that they are accepting the resignation of the city's senior center director, who is being investigated on charges that she used city funds for personal expenses. Leonor Escalante submitted her resignation in December and offered to pay the city a settlement of more than $12,000. She has denied any wrongdoing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1998
A former MTA official was named the city's transportation manager Monday and will coordinate South Pasadena's efforts to fight the Long Beach Freeway extension. Stephen Finnegan until recently served as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's planning director for the San Gabriel Valley. His appointment follows the federal government's approval of the route in April.
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October 24, 1996 | RICHARD WINTON
The former executive director of the South Pasadena senior citizen's center entered a no-contest plea Wednesday to charges she embezzled about $18,000. Throwing herself at the mercy of the court, Leonor Escalante, 62, entered the plea to one count of embezzlement and six charges of providing false evidence to authorities. Sentencing will be Dec. 4 in Los Angeles Superior Court. Deputy Dist. Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 1996 | RICHARD WINTON and NICHOLAS RICCARDI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In yet another scandal to shake South Pasadena, the former executive director of the senior citizens' center was charged Friday with embezzling funds over a six-year period. Investigators say Leonor Escalante, 62, took about $18,000, using the funds to bolster her own bank account and pay credit card bills. She is expected to surrender to authorities Monday and be arraigned later that day.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1998
A former MTA official was named the city's transportation manager Monday and will coordinate South Pasadena's efforts to fight the Long Beach Freeway extension. Stephen Finnegan until recently served as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's planning director for the San Gabriel Valley. His appointment follows the federal government's approval of the route in April.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1995
South Pasadena police have confiscated the financial records of the executive director of the city's senior center as part of an investigation into the disappearance of at least $12,000 in public funds, authorities said Tuesday. The executive director, Leanor Escalantes, is also the target of a separate city investigation, South Pasadena Police Chief Tom Mahoney said Tuesday. No charges have been filed. Escalantes could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1998
A former South Pasadena police officer who pleaded no contest to a hit-and-run accident that shook the department filed a claim against the city Thursday, alleging that he was wrongfully terminated. Scott Ziegler's claim alleges that an arbitrator ruled that the city dismissed him in November 1996 without cause and that he was owed lost wages. City Manager Sean Joyce rejected that recommendation. The claim, a precursor to a lawsuit, does not state the damages Ziegler seeks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1998
In a split vote, the City Council has agreed to hire Joseph William Pannone, whose law firm also represents Culver City and Palos Verdes, as its new city attorney. Pannone, of the Los Angeles law firm of Kane, Ballmer & Berkman, will replace interim city attorney Francisco Leal of Beltran, Leal & Medina, who has been the municipality's legal counsel since 1996. In a closed session late Wednesday, the council voted 3 to 2 to hire Pannone's firm.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 1998
The city's transportation manager has resigned and South Pasadena has launched a search for a new manager to coordinate its battle against the proposed Long Beach Freeway extension, City Manager Sean Joyce said. Transportation Manager Katherine Perez notified city officials that she will be leaving to spend more time with her family, but has agreed to continue in the position on a contract basis until a successor is hired, Joyce said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1998
A former South Pasadena police officer who pleaded no contest to a hit-and-run accident that shook the department filed a claim against the city Thursday, alleging that he was wrongfully terminated. Scott Ziegler's claim alleges that an arbitrator ruled that the city dismissed him in November 1996 without cause and that he was owed lost wages. City Manager Sean Joyce rejected that recommendation. The claim, a precursor to a lawsuit, does not state the damages Ziegler seeks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 1996 | RICHARD WINTON
The former executive director of the South Pasadena senior citizen's center entered a no-contest plea Wednesday to charges she embezzled about $18,000. Throwing herself at the mercy of the court, Leonor Escalante, 62, entered the plea to one count of embezzlement and six charges of providing false evidence to authorities. Sentencing will be Dec. 4 in Los Angeles Superior Court. Deputy Dist. Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 1996 | RICHARD WINTON and NICHOLAS RICCARDI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In yet another scandal to shake South Pasadena, the former executive director of the senior citizens' center was charged Friday with embezzling funds over a six-year period. Investigators say Leonor Escalante, 62, took about $18,000, using the funds to bolster her own bank account and pay credit card bills. She is expected to surrender to authorities Monday and be arraigned later that day.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 1996
South Pasadena officials announced Thursday that they are accepting the resignation of the city's senior center director, who is being investigated on charges that she used city funds for personal expenses. Leonor Escalante submitted her resignation in December and offered to pay the city a settlement of more than $12,000. She has denied any wrongdoing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1995
South Pasadena police have confiscated the financial records of the executive director of the city's senior center as part of an investigation into the disappearance of at least $12,000 in public funds, authorities said Tuesday. The executive director, Leanor Escalantes, is also the target of a separate city investigation, South Pasadena Police Chief Tom Mahoney said Tuesday. No charges have been filed. Escalantes could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
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