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February 3, 1988
Former West Hollywood Mayor Valerie Terrigno lost an appeal Tuesday of her embezzlement conviction and a five-year court ban on selling her story. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco voted 3 to 0 to uphold Terrigno's conviction and sentence for embezzling federal funds in 1983 and 1984 as executive director of Crossroads Foundation, which gave counseling and emergency aid to people looking for work.
April 10, 1986 |
Strong showings by the three incumbents in West Hollywood's election Tuesday maintained the City Council's homosexual majority and indicated broadened support for the Coalition for Economic Survival tenant activist group. With all 23 precincts reporting, unofficial tallies placed Mayor John Heilman and Councilwoman Helen Albert significantly ahead of their rivals in the at-large elections, winning 5,057 (23%) and 4,947 (22.5%) votes respectively.
November 6, 1986 |
Rent control activists scored their most decisive victory yet in West Hollywood as Planning Commissioner Abbe Land won a City Council seat by a landslide Tuesday over millionaire discotheque owner Gene La Pietra. Land's impressive vote margin of more than 2 to 1 over La Pietra ended a gay majority on the five-member council and confirmed the enduring political clout of the Coalition for Economic Survival, the tenant activist group that has now elected three of its members to the council.
December 17, 1985
The Los Angeles federal court trial for former West Hollywood Mayor Valerie Terrigno, accused of embezzling nearly $11,000 while she directed a now-defunct counseling program, has been continued for two months. Defense attorney Howard Weitzman asked U.S. District Judge Laughlin E. Waters for the delay from Jan. 7 until March 11, 1986, citing other cases he is involved in. Assistant U.S. Atty. Richard M. Callahan did not oppose the delay, saying he, too, had other pending cases.
November 18, 1985 |
West Hollywood City Councilwoman Valerie Terrigno pleaded innocent today to charges that she embezzled more than $10,000 in federal funds while running a gay counseling agency. Terrigno, 32, who was arraigned earlier in the day, entered the plea before U.S. District Judge Laughlin Waters. He scheduled trial for Jan. 7, but attorneys said it was unlikely they would be ready by that date.
June 6, 1985
Concepts for the city's rent control law and the hiring of additional sheriff's deputies are among the topics on the agenda for tonight's City Council meeting. The city is scheduled to take over most county services or contract with the county for a continuation of services on July 1. The council last week approved a contract to continue police service from the sheriff's department.