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August 15, 1996 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI and RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Reacting to a steady string of allegations of misconduct by its police officers, South Pasadena officials took the extraordinary step Wednesday of hiring a private investigation firm to examine the department, as Police Chief Thomas Mahoney took an indefinite, voluntary paid leave. The city has hired Lewis & Partners of Pasadena to probe allegations of a sex scandal and charges of a cover-up involving a politically well-connected officer and an off-duty, hit-and-run accident.
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June 21, 2000
Officials are searching for a replacement for City Clerk Jeannine Gregory, who announced she will leave Aug. 24, six months before her elected term expires. The City Council will appoint a temporary replacement. Applicants have until July 17 to submit resumes, and Mayor Dorothy Cohen and Councilman David Rose will recommend finalists. The City Council will interview those candidates the week of July 24. The position pays between $49,390 and $66,168 a year, depending on experience.
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August 7, 1996 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI and RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
South Pasadena police said Tuesday that they were reopening an investigation into the reporting of a year-old hit-and-run crash, after inquiries from The Times about the case, which involved a car registered to a former mayor of the city and now owned by a police officer. On Sept. 8, 1995, a white Chevrolet Camaro sped through the 300 block of Pasadena Avenue at about 50 mph and hit a parked Honda, according to a South Pasadena police report.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1998
South Pasadena City Manager Sean Joyce said Monday that the city has decided to seek bids from law firms interested in serving as city attorney. For the last two years, the Los Angeles law firm of Beltran, Leal & Medina has represented the city on an interim basis. The Beltran firm was selected by the City Council after the city attorney quit two years ago in the middle of a crisis at City Hall. "We are going to solicit for a permanent city attorney.
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August 23, 1996 | RICHARD WINTON and NICHOLAS RICCARDI
With her city facing three legal claims since she took office last month, the city attorney for South Pasadena resigned Thursday, one day after the City Council effectively doubled her required hours. Meanwhile, a former South Pasadena assistant city manager pleaded guilty to embezzlement while avoiding jail time, as the woes facing the San Gabriel Valley town continued to grow.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2000
Officials are searching for a replacement for City Clerk Jeannine Gregory, who announced she will leave Aug. 24, six months before her elected term expires. The City Council will appoint a temporary replacement. Applicants have until July 17 to submit resumes, and Mayor Dorothy Cohen and Councilman David Rose will recommend finalists. The City Council will interview those candidates the week of July 24. The position pays between $49,390 and $66,168 a year, depending on experience.
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April 1, 1993 | BERKLEY HUDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A local transportation advisory panel, charged with devising ways to minimize environmental effects of the proposed extension of the Long Beach Freeway, is fracturing a month before the group is scheduled to release its conclusions to the Clinton Administration. Three of the 13 members have resigned in recent weeks, including South Pasadena's two representatives whose resignation letter was effective Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1996
South Pasadena City Manager Kenneth C. Farfsing has resigned to take a similar position in Signal Hill. He cited the toll on himself and his family of leading the community's fight against the proposed Long Beach Freeway extension that would split the city. Farfsing, 41, who is credited by opponents and supporters as the chief strategist against the roadway, said the struggle of trying to run City Hall while spending two-thirds of his time campaigning against the freeway has left him exhausted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 1991
John J. Bernardi, city manager of South Pasadena for more than six years, has announced his resignation effective Sept. 1. During his tenure, Bernardi, 50, has weathered city government struggles including financial difficulties, personnel problems and an ongoing battle over the proposed extension of the Long Beach Freeway. A 27-year South Pasadena employee, he became city manager in 1984. Bernardi announced the resignation on Thursday but was unavailable for comment Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1996
South Pasadena Assistant City Manager Charles M. Conn resigned Monday, five days after his arrest on suspicion of embezzling public funds from a professional association for municipal transit administrators. Conn, 46, is suspected of taking $7,000 to $10,000 from the Assn. of Local Transit Administrators, funded by transportation funds from about 50 Southern California cities whose staff were members, police said. He was the organization's president in 1994 when it dissolved, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 1996
The former executive director of a senior citizens center in South Pasadena was sentenced to 120 days of house arrest Wednesday for embezzling about $18,000 from the city over six years. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carlos Moreno spared Leonor Escalante, 62, from serving time in state prison, but he also ordered her to pay back the money plus a $200 fine and perform 400 hours of community service.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 1996
In a closed session Wednesday night, South Pasadena officials voted to hire Sierra Madre City Administrator Sean Joyce as the new city manager. Joyce, 33, who began his administrative career as an intern in Walnut in 1987, was one of 42 applicants vying to take the reigns next month from interim City Manager Linda Holmes, said Mayor Dorothy Cohen. "We were looking for a strong city manager with a history of managing a city similar to South Pasadena," Cohen said. "The council concurred, Mr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 1996
The South Pasadena City Council is negotiating to hire Sierra Madre's youthful top administrator, Sean Joyce, as the new city manager of its troubled municipality and expects to make an appointment as early as Wednesday, Mayor Dorothy Cohen said Friday. Joyce, 33, has earned high marks from Sierra Madre residents in the last three years as a city administrator who brought back City Hall from the brink of financial ruin. Sierra Madre, a 10,767-resident hillside community below Mt.
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October 8, 1996
The South Pasadena City Council will meet behind closed doors Wednesday to interview the top half-dozen candidates vying to become city manager of the troubled municipality. Mayor Dorothy Cohen said the council expects the successful candidate to take over the third week of November from Interim City Manager Linda Holmes, who uncovered many of the problems in City Hall and the Police Department.
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September 7, 1996 | RICHARD WINTON and NICHOLAS RICCARDI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A hit-and-run crash involving a politically well-connected South Pasadena police officer that was allegedly covered up by the department was characterized as a drunk driving incident by the chief of police in a confidential memo obtained Friday by The Times. The revelation that alcohol may have been involved in the crash raises the stakes yet again in the case. The author of the memo, Police Chief Thomas Mahoney, went on paid voluntary leave last month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 1996 | RICHARD WINTON and NICHOLAS RICCARDI
With her city facing three legal claims since she took office last month, the city attorney for South Pasadena resigned Thursday, one day after the City Council effectively doubled her required hours. Meanwhile, a former South Pasadena assistant city manager pleaded guilty to embezzlement while avoiding jail time, as the woes facing the San Gabriel Valley town continued to grow.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 1996 | RICHARD WINTON and NICHOLAS RICCARDI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Seated in a straight-backed chair and nervously eyeing the police sergeant sitting across the desk, former South Pasadena Assistant City Manager Charles M. Conn tried to explain why he transferred money from a public organization's checking account into his personal account. He came up blank. "Why? Why? Why? Why?" the thin, balding 46-year-old bureaucrat asked himself, resting his head in his hands. "I pushed it too far," he later muttered.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 1996
The South Pasadena City Council is negotiating to hire Sierra Madre's youthful top administrator, Sean Joyce, as the new city manager of its troubled municipality and expects to make an appointment as early as Wednesday, Mayor Dorothy Cohen said Friday. Joyce, 33, has earned high marks from Sierra Madre residents in the last three years as a city administrator who brought back City Hall from the brink of financial ruin. Sierra Madre, a 10,767-resident hillside community below Mt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 1996 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI and RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
They're called "range riders"--seasoned bureaucrats that small cities lure out of retirement to ride into town as temporary department heads. Sometimes, they ride into a mess and have to whip the city into shape. She has only been South Pasadena's interim city manager for two months, but Linda Holmes has been living up to the Western image.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 1996 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI and RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Reacting to a steady string of allegations of misconduct by its police officers, South Pasadena officials took the extraordinary step Wednesday of hiring a private investigation firm to examine the department, as Police Chief Thomas Mahoney took an indefinite, voluntary paid leave. The city has hired Lewis & Partners of Pasadena to probe allegations of a sex scandal and charges of a cover-up involving a politically well-connected officer and an off-duty, hit-and-run accident.
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