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April 5, 1992
Population: 23,936 Election: April 14 for two at-large seats Since the 1990 municipal election, a new city manager, police chief, fire chief and public works head have been named. Historic preservation and the proposed extension of the Long Beach Freeway remain high on the city's priority list. City finances have suffered in the recession. A hiring freeze is in effect and the new council faces the possibility of cutting services or raising fees and taxes.
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February 20, 2012 | By Adolfo Flores, Los Angeles Times
Two massage parlors may lose their licenses after employees were arrested on suspicion of prostitution in recent weeks. The South Pasadena City Council, which in recent years has wrestled with concerns about a proliferation of massage parlors, scheduled hearings regarding the businesses for March 7. South Pasadena police arrested Massage Villa owner Ling Ling Kuo, 44, of Alhambra on Feb. 10 on suspicion of operating a disorderly house....
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NEWS
September 5, 1985
When I won my place on the South Pasadena City Council, the swearing-in ceremony was a public matter. The oath of office states, implies or infers the responsibility of office, the authority of the officeholder and the accountability for performance to the public in general. I have no hesitation or mental reservation about taking that oath again, here and now. The blatant violation of executive confidentiality we have suffered (in the release of information regarding the proposed termination of Police Chief Sam L. Buntyn)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2004 | Kristina Sauerwein, Times Staff Writer
Blaring car horns and ringing crossing gate bells smother the sounds of chattering friends and clanking coffee cups in South Pasadena's outdoor cafes. SUVs and convertibles snarl traffic and compete for limited parking along small-town streets esteemed for antique stores, clothing boutiques and an old-fashioned pharmacy and soda fountain.
NEWS
March 21, 1991
The South Pasadena City Council is afraid to bite the bullet. City Manager John Bernardi has managed to manipulate the SPCC into indecision on the matter of his termination. Those council members holding up the dismissal of Bernardi should understand that it is time for Bernardi to move on. My experience on the South Pasadena City Council has shown me that Councilman Jim Hodge is more afraid of damaging his public image than the overall welfare of the city is concerned. On most issues on local government, four votes were always necessary to get the support of Jim Hodge in executive sessions or on public issues.
NEWS
December 22, 1991
Famed jurist Louis Brandeis wrote, "The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal--well meaning, but without good understanding." The South Pasadena City Council "insidiously" upon the resignation of South Pasadena City Manager John Bernardi authorized a $155,000 severance pay (Times, Oct. 20). Jesse James had a mask on when he robbed banks. The City Council robbed the taxpayers when they authorized the severance pay of $155,000 to Bernardi.
NEWS
September 5, 1985
After about half an hour of public soul searching, the South Pasadena City Council voted 3-2 to approve a salary increase for council members. The increase will double council salaries to $300 a month, effective after the municipal election next April. Councilmen David Margrave, Lee Prentiss and Ted Shaw approved the measure, saying that members had not been granted a pay hike for several years.
NEWS
March 1, 1992
Ex-Mayor Alva Lee Arnold of South Pasadena (Times, Letters, Feb. 23) has done more harm to the residents of this fine community than any other previously elected or appointed official in the 102-year history of its existence due to her political machinations in fighting against the completion of the Long Beach Freeway (710). South Pasadena has become a one-issue community. The 710 Freeway has been the sole issue of Arnold's political career.
NEWS
May 25, 1989
The South Pasadena City Council had the legal responsibility on May 17 to try to agree on an appointment to fill the vacancy left by the death of my husband, Councilman Joe Crosby. Unfortunately, they were not in agreement. Now there will be an election for the vacant seat in November. This leaves the council short a fifth vote for more than six months. It is my intention to run for this seat. Joe completed exactly one year of his four-year term, and he wanted me to succeed him. I will work toward fulfilling some of Joe's plans for our town.
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
July 24, 2002 | ANTHONY McCARTNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Alhambra and South Pasadena agree that traffic on Fremont Avenue, a major north-south artery linking the cities, is pretty awful. That's about all they agree on. Events last week were a reminder of the intractable nature of the problem--and of the prickly relationship of two cities at odds over plans to extend the Long Beach Freeway. But first, a little history. It's three years since the first battle of Fremont Avenue backfired and blew up in Alhambra's face.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2002 | CARA MIA DiMASSA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To hear South Pasadena Mayor Harry A. Knapp tell it, the low walls and landscaping that separate Via Del Rey in South Pasadena from Van Horne Avenue in Los Angeles are nothing more than a traffic barrier. But to City Councilman David V. Rose, they are a powerful symbol of how South Pasadena is perceived by the outside world. And that perception is, often enough, that the predominantly white city is trying to wall its mostly Latino neighbors out.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 1998 | RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Preparing for a last stand against the planned Long Beach Freeway extension, South Pasadena City Council members Wednesday authorized a lawsuit against the federal government in an attempt to kill the $1.4-billion roadway that would slice through the center of their town. Two days after the federal government approved the project, the council also announced plans to turn to property owners to pay for the fight.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 1998
Caltrans has closed escrow on 11 homes being sold to a Pasadena housing charity that were once in the path of the proposed Long Beach Freeway extension, despite legal opposition from the city of South Pasadena and some of its residents. The South Pasadena City Council has directed its lawyers to pursue legal action that will reverse the sale to Pasadena Neighborhood Services, which plans to turn the homes into rental property for low- to moderate-income people.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 1997
In what many consider a personal affront to South Pasadena Councilman Harry Knapp, Councilman Paul Zee has been chosen by the City Council to serve as mayor. Knapp, mayor from 1992 to 1993 and recently the mayor pro tem under Councilwoman Dorothy Cohen, was next in line to take the city's rotational mayoral post. But Zee won the position by a 4-1 vote Tuesday night. "I told Paul [after the vote] that what he did was wrong," Knapp said. "He had a lot of guts to come over and try to shake my hand."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 1997
The South Pasadena City Council unanimously approved a new policy for disciplining or firing its police chief even as a former police reserve officer challenged the elected body to publicly voice support for embattled Thomas Mahoney. Mahoney, 49, has been on sick leave and then paid administrative leave since August after two scandals involving the Police Department became public and the city began a probe of the department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1988
The Long Beach Freeway extension, South Pasadena's version of the ghoul that won't die, has lumbered into view again. Continuing a tireless 24-year effort to complete the freeway, Caltrans is about to issue a final environmental impact statement on the proposed 6.2-mile extension. And the city, just as tirelessly, is preparing to continue its fight against the proposal, which calls for eight lanes to be built through the middle of the community to hook up with the Pasadena and Foothill freeways.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 1997
The South Pasadena City Council unanimously approved a new policy for disciplining or firing its police chief even as a former police reserve officer challenged the elected body to publicly voice support for embattled Thomas Mahoney. Mahoney, 49, has been on sick leave and then paid administrative leave since August after two scandals involving the Police Department became public and the city began a probe of the department.
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.
NEWS
December 8, 1994
At the Oct. 19 South Pasadena City Council meeting, the mayor announced that the city would indemnify the ex-mayor Evelyn Fierro and two city commissioners for punitive damages awarded against them in the civil rights case initiated by former Mayor Lee Prentiss. The 4-0 vote to absorb damages in the amount of $7,500 stated that "the acts were committed in good faith, without actual malice. . . ." The four council members witnessed, at best, an insignificant amount of testimony during the trial, which consumed several weeks.
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