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May 30, 1991
Mary Louise Bunker took over as mayor Tuesday and Talmage V. Burke replaced Bunker as vice mayor. The Alhambra City Charter requires that the office of mayor and vice mayor be rotated among members of the City Council every nine months. The new mayor and vice mayor will serve until Feb. 24, 1992.
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February 9, 2012 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
A crusading former police chief in the boomtown of Chongqing disappeared under unexplained circumstances and reportedly may have tried and failed to obtain political asylum at the nearest U.S. Consulate. Chongqing issued an unusual and cryptic statement Wednesday saying that Vice Mayor Wang Lijun was "highly stressed and in poor health … because of long-term overwork" and that he was "accepting vacation-style treatment. " The reports that he might have sought asylum in the United States were fueled by an unusual police presence at the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu.
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May 3, 1990
The City Council has unanimously elected Richard Chico mayor and Robert Diaz vice mayor. Both will serve one-year terms. Chico replaces former Mayor Salvador Hernandez, and Diaz replaces Patricio Miranda. Hernandez and Miranda remain on the council. After last Thursday's council vote, Chico said he wants to "reactivate" development and redevelopment in Irwindale, which slowed down for 2 1/2 years while the city tried unsuccessfully to land the Los Angeles Raiders.
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May 16, 2011 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
Futoshi Toba arrived at the hillside Buddhist temple just after dawn, hours before the other mourners, on the April day he bid farewell to his wife, Yumi. He found the small urn containing her ashes among a solemn sea of containers for the 1,500 residents of Rikuzentakata who died in Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami. Toba, 46, laid a white chrysanthemum next to his wife's remains. He said a brief prayer, and made her a promise. Holding back tears, he vowed to raise the couple's two young sons to become good men. "I swore I would do the best job I could in rebuilding this town," he said later, "but I said this place would never be the same without her. " Toba is mayor of the town of 23,000 in northern Japan, a job he took barely a month before an unstoppable wall of water turned the seaside community into a wasteland of shattered lives and scattered wreckage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 1990
Lancaster Vice Mayor George Root has been released from Lancaster Community Hospital after surgery to unblock an artery near his heart, the city's spokeswoman said Monday. Root, a 60-year-old facilities manager for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Edwards Air Force Base, said it will be some time before he can resume a full workload because of the need to recuperate, spokeswoman Nancy Walker said. Root was admitted to the hospital Sept.
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May 1, 1991 | Reuters
China has named a 52-year-old former electrical engineer as the mayor of Shanghai, China's biggest city, the New China News Agency reported. Huang Ju, who had been vice mayor and deputy head of the municipal Communist Party, replaces the charismatic Zhu Rongji. Zhu, dubbed "China's Gorbachev" because of his reformist policies, became a vice premier last month. Zhu, who was also the Communist Party chief in Shanghai, was replaced in that post by another engineer, Wu Bangguo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1989
A recount on Friday of the votes in a May 23 recall election, in which San Gabriel Vice Mayor Frank Blaszcak lost his City Council seat by a nine-vote margin, has confirmed the results, said Deputy City Clerk Cindy Bookter. "It was on the nose," said Bookter, the official in charge of the election-night tally. "They (Blaszcak's supporters) may not be happy about it, but I believe they're satisfied. I hope their faith has been restored in (the city clerk's) office. I feel so happy about this."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1998
City Council members Sandra J. Levin and Richard Marcus have been appointed mayor and vice mayor, respectively. They were sworn in this week along with newly elected Councilman David Hauptman and reelected incumbents Ed Wolkowitz and City Clerk Tom Crunk. Former council member Mike Balkman was ineligible to run again because of the city's term-limit ordinance. A new chair of the Redevelopment Agency, to replace Marcus, will be chosen at the group's May 4 meeting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
EAST PALO ALTO The vice mayor of East Palo Alto has been convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence and could face six months in jail. A jury also found David Woods not guilty of charges of false imprisonment, which stemmed from Woods striking his wife, Keisha Roberson Woods, then flinging her onto a bed, authorities said. The couple had apparently been arguing about child-support payments Woods was making to his former wife.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1993 | WILLSON CUMMER
Sal Sapien last week was elected mayor by his fellow council members. It is the third time in four years that he has served as mayor. "It's not going to be an easy year, with the budget the way it is," Sapien said, though he added that the community seems to be banding together to accomplish more with less. Sapien noted that the Community Safety Commission, which will hold its first meeting tonight, is a step toward a safer Stanton.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2010 | By Ruben Vives and Jeff Gottlieb, Los Angeles Times
City Council members in Bell unanimously agreed Monday to give up their controversial $96,000-a-year salaries and instead draw $673 a month — a 90% decrease. Council members in the small, working-class city southeast of downtown Los Angeles have been under mounting pressure since the salaries for the part-time jobs were reported in The Times this month. Mayor Oscar Hernandez and Vice Mayor Teresa Jacobo went a step further Monday and said they will finish off their terms without pay. Hernandez also apologized to residents for the high salaries the city paid to administrators, a reversal from the defiant tone he struck last week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 2010 | By Scott Gold, Los Angeles Times
Nearly 300 residents marched through the streets of the city of Bell on Sunday, demanding the resignation of the mayor, the vice mayor and two members of the City Council after revelations that officials in one of the smallest and poorest cities in Los Angeles County were paid unusually high salaries. It was a striking demonstration for a working-class city where civic engagement traditionally has been muted. The raucous crowd trudged to the homes and workplaces of Mayor Oscar Hernandez, Vice Mayor Teresa Jacobo and City Council members Luis Artiga and George Mirabal, each time pausing for a moment of silence and reflection, then erupting with cries of " fuera !"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2007 | Scott Glover, Times Staff Writer
Maywood Vice Mayor Felipe Aguirre has been a vocal critic of a tow truck company owner who has treated his City Council colleagues to dinners and trips while collecting millions of dollars from an exclusive contract with the city. Last week, however, Aguirre wasn't above accepting a gift of his own when his sport utility vehicle, which was parked in front of his business, was towed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 2006 | Duke Helfand, Times Staff Writer
Let's say you're the mayor of Los Angeles on an official visit here and you crack a joke about politicians. Bad move. Or perhaps you bring a lovely crystal vase wrapped in white paper, the color for funerals. Oops. Luckily for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, his staff has compiled a protocol playbook for his East Asian trade mission to China, South Korea and Japan that contains enough do's and don'ts to give Emily Post a headache.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
EAST PALO ALTO The vice mayor of East Palo Alto has been convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence and could face six months in jail. A jury also found David Woods not guilty of charges of false imprisonment, which stemmed from Woods striking his wife, Keisha Roberson Woods, then flinging her onto a bed, authorities said. The couple had apparently been arguing about child-support payments Woods was making to his former wife.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Prosecutors charged a former Alhambra city councilman with bribery Friday after he allegedly offered the city's vice mayor $25,000 to vote for a proposed senior citizens housing project, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. John Parker Williams, 67, was arrested at his home Thursday after a monthlong undercover inquiry by the prosecutor's Bureau of Investigation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2007 | Scott Glover, Times Staff Writer
Maywood Vice Mayor Felipe Aguirre has been a vocal critic of a tow truck company owner who has treated his City Council colleagues to dinners and trips while collecting millions of dollars from an exclusive contract with the city. Last week, however, Aguirre wasn't above accepting a gift of his own when his sport utility vehicle, which was parked in front of his business, was towed.
NEWS
July 21, 1991 | RAY TESSLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was a sky-high political triumph for Oceanside City Councilwoman Melba Bishop--simultaneously one of the most beloved and reviled politicians in San Diego County--and now that victory may bring her down. Only last November, this caldron of political passion overcame earlier failures and guided the election of two allies to the council, where they have forged an iron-fisted slow-growth bloc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2003 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
Despite the rancor and bitterness that has rocked Mission Viejo City Hall recently, the City Council showed a rare unified front Monday night in electing Gail Reavis mayor. Councilwoman Patricia Kelley set the tone for the unanimous vote by withdrawing her name for the top post minutes before two dozen speakers were to debate the merits of the two candidates. Kelley threw her support behind Reavis, preaching civility and unity. After her speech, Kelley exchanged a hug and a kiss with Reavis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 2003 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
Across much of suburbia, the selection of a mayor is typically marked with civility and routine, the job going to whomever is next in line for the largely ceremonial post. And then there's Mission Viejo, where the elevation of a council member to mayor should be as master-planned as everything else in town but where, this year, the ascension of Vice Mayor Gail Reavis is hardly a done deal.
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