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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1995 | RICH CONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The head of a politically prominent Eastside business group was scheduled to surrender this morning to face criminal charges tied to a campaign money-laundering case, it was learned Wednesday. Steven A. Soto, president of the Mexican American Grocers Assn., has been named in a multiple-count grand jury indictment in connection with thousands of dollars in allegedly illegal political contributions made to state and local politicians, his attorney acknowledged late Wednesday.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1995 | RICH CONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The head of a politically prominent Eastside business group was scheduled to surrender this morning to face criminal charges tied to a campaign money-laundering case, it was learned Wednesday. Steven A. Soto, president of the Mexican American Grocers Assn., has been named in a multiple-count grand jury indictment in connection with thousands of dollars in allegedly illegal political contributions made to state and local politicians, his attorney acknowledged late Wednesday.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1995
Five defendants--including Steven A. Soto, head of a politically prominent Eastside business group--surrendered on felony charges Thursday that are said to be tied to a campaign money-laundering case. Although Deputy Dist. Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 1994
Continuing a series of Southern California investigations of campaign financing, a state watchdog agency on Monday announced that a Los Angeles grocers group has agreed to pay a $38,000 penalty for illegally laundering political donations. The Mexican American Grocers' Assn., an organization of independent market owners, acknowledged making $14,300 in improper campaign contributions to six state and local candidates from 1990 through 1992, according to the settlement made public Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 1995
The Mexican-American Grocers Assn. has agreed to pay a $9,000 fine for secretly funneling eight campaign contributions to two City Council members in 1991, it was learned Tuesday. The city Ethics Commission is expected to ratify the agreement at its meeting Thursday. Steven A. Soto, president of the association, signed an agreement Feb.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 1997
Five members of a politically prominent Eastside business group have been fined and sentenced to community service after pleading guilty to obstructing justice in a state Fair Political Practices Commission investigation of a campaign money laundering case. Steven A. Soto, president of the Mexican American Grocers Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 1988
I was very disappointed, angered and shocked by the heavy-handed tactics that the Orange County Republican Party officials used in the hiring of security guards in heavily Latino precincts in Santa Ana to ensure that undocumented workers would not vote. Give me a break, are we naive enough to believe this? Orange County Republican Party chairman Tom Fuentes and political consultant Carlos Rodriguez have enough political savvy between them to know that not only was this a slap in the face of Latinos, but also President-elect George Bush and other high ranking GOP officials who spent a lot of time and energy courting the Latino vote.
BUSINESS
March 11, 1996 | EALENA CALLENDER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When George de la Torre took over his late father's fish cannery more than 20 years ago, he gambled that the company's future was in menudo, not mackerel. His first step was to eliminate the fish operation and devote the entire business to the manufacture of the popular Mexican stew, thinking it would be a sure seller in Los Angeles' large Mexican American community. What he didn't bargain for was that few people believed canned menudo could be as good as homemade.
OPINION
July 1, 2001
Los Angeles City Atty. James Hahn will become Mayor James Hahn on Monday. In 16 years as L.A.'s top lawyer, he defended the city from its detractors and prosecuted its foes. Now some of his foes and detractors--along with plenty of his friends--present their wish lists for action. It's a politician's sorry fate: Unsolicited advice, widely broadcast. But here it is, Mayor. And good luck.
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