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June 8, 1989 | EDMUND NEWTON, Times Staff Writer
With a ballot recount scheduled for Friday, the city could end the dispute over the final tally in last month's recall election of former Vice Mayor Frank Blaszcak--but don't count on it. After receiving a formal request for a recount from supporters of Blaszcak, who was edged out of his City Council seat in a special election, the city has hired eight election inspectors to hand-count the more than 3,700 votes cast in the election. Deputy Clerk Cindy Bookter said she expected the tally to be completed in one day. Blaszcak was recalled by a nine-vote margin in the May 23 election, and critics and opponents of the controversial official have been squabbling ever since about the way the election was conducted.
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NEWS
June 8, 1989 | EDMUND NEWTON, Times Staff Writer
With a ballot recount scheduled for Friday, the city could end the dispute over the final tally in last month's recall election of former Vice Mayor Frank Blaszcak--but don't count on it. After receiving a formal request for a recount from supporters of Blaszcak, who was edged out of his City Council seat in a special election, the city has hired eight election inspectors to hand-count the more than 3,700 votes cast in the election. Deputy Clerk Cindy Bookter said she expected the tally to be completed in one day. Blaszcak was recalled by a nine-vote margin in the May 23 election, and critics and opponents of the controversial official have been squabbling ever since about the way the election was conducted.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1989 | EDMUND NEWTON, Times Staff Writer
The most controversial politician in San Gabriel, Vice Mayor Frank Blaszcak, lost his City Council seat by nine votes Wednesday after a free-for-all recall campaign that included charges of drug dealing and "mooning." Although returns Tuesday night had showed Blaszcak with a two-vote margin, 32 ballots had gone uncounted that night because of questions by election officials. When the uncertainties were resolved Wednesday, Blaszcak had lost by 1,894 to 1,903, with 27% of the city's registered voters casting ballots.
NEWS
June 1, 1989 | EDMUND NEWTON, Times Staff Writer
Supporters of recalled Vice Mayor Frank Blaszcak are seeking an investigation of alleged "election misconduct" in hopes of nullifying last week's recall vote. Gary Meredith, a member of Citizens for Responsible Development, which had campaigned to keep Blaszcak in office, said Tuesday that supporters of the controversial vice mayor would turn over evidence of specific instances of irregularities to the state attorney general, the secretary of state and the Los Angeles County district attorney.
NEWS
June 1, 1989 | EDMUND NEWTON, Times Staff Writer
Supporters of recalled Vice Mayor Frank Blaszcak are seeking an investigation of alleged "election misconduct" in hopes of nullifying last week's recall vote. Gary Meredith, a member of Citizens for Responsible Development, which had campaigned to keep Blaszcak in office, said Tuesday that supporters of the controversial vice mayor would turn over evidence of specific instances of irregularities to the state attorney general, the secretary of state and the Los Angeles County district attorney.
NEWS
May 28, 1989 | EDMUND NEWTON, Times Staff Writer
The votes have been counted, but neither the bruising recall campaign against Vice Mayor Frank Blaszcak nor its accompanying atmosphere of recrimination is over. Blaszcak, who lost his City Council seat by nine votes out of almost 3,800 cast in last week's election, announced Thursday that he will formally request a recount. And as the rancorous political fight wound down, there were these other developments: Each side charged the other with campaign violations. Blaszcak supporters said there may have been irregularities in the vote-counting process, which was conducted by city officials.
NEWS
May 18, 1989 | EDMUND NEWTON, Times Staff Writer
Vice Mayor Frank Blaszcak, facing a recall election on Tuesday, has asked the Los Angeles district attorney to investigate what he calls "a pattern of apparent irregularities" in city government, including employees working for developers. In a seven-page statement he has sent to the district attorney, Blaszcak said the city's one-time public works director and a city traffic engineer worked for the developer of a proposed shopping mall while they were on the city payroll. Blaszcak also alleged that two former members of the city's Planning Commission used their positions to gain support for their own development projects and that the current public works director has a "paving contract" with the city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 1989
Former San Gabriel Vice Mayor Frank Blaszcak has sued to overturn the recall election that threw him out of office in May. Charging that there were widespread irregularities in the city-run election, Blaszcak, who was recalled by a nine-vote margin on May 23, is seeking to be reinstated on the City Council. A hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 10 in Los Angeles Superior Court. City Atty. Stephanie Scher said that Blaszcak's legal action was "without basis."
NEWS
July 20, 1989
Former San Gabriel Vice Mayor Frank Blaszcak has sued to overturn the recall election that threw him out of office in May. Charging that there were widespread irregularities in the city-run election, Blaszcak, who was recalled by a nine-vote margin on May 23, is seeking to be reinstated on the City Council. A hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 10 in Los Angeles Superior Court. City Atty. Stephanie Scher said that Blaszcak's legal action was "without basis."
NEWS
October 9, 1988
San Gabriel is looking for "urban design professionals" who live or work in the city to participate in a committee to review development proposals. The 7-person architectural review committee will study plans for proposed buildings to ensure that they "adequately reflect the architectural feeling of each neighborhood," Vice Mayor Frank Blaszcak said. Among other things, the committee should seek to preserve the motif associated with the 2-century-old San Gabriel Mission, Blaszcak said.
NEWS
May 28, 1989 | EDMUND NEWTON, Times Staff Writer
The votes have been counted, but neither the bruising recall campaign against Vice Mayor Frank Blaszcak nor its accompanying atmosphere of recrimination is over. Blaszcak, who lost his City Council seat by nine votes out of almost 3,800 cast in last week's election, announced Thursday that he will formally request a recount. And as the rancorous political fight wound down, there were these other developments: Each side charged the other with campaign violations. Blaszcak supporters said there may have been irregularities in the vote-counting process, which was conducted by city officials.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1989 | EDMUND NEWTON, Times Staff Writer
The most controversial politician in San Gabriel, Vice Mayor Frank Blaszcak, lost his City Council seat by nine votes Wednesday after a free-for-all recall campaign that included charges of drug dealing and "mooning." Although returns Tuesday night had showed Blaszcak with a two-vote margin, 32 ballots had gone uncounted that night because of questions by election officials. When the uncertainties were resolved Wednesday, Blaszcak had lost by 1,894 to 1,903, with 27% of the city's registered voters casting ballots.
NEWS
May 18, 1989 | EDMUND NEWTON, Times Staff Writer
Vice Mayor Frank Blaszcak, facing a recall election on Tuesday, has asked the Los Angeles district attorney to investigate what he calls "a pattern of apparent irregularities" in city government, including employees working for developers. In a seven-page statement he has sent to the district attorney, Blaszcak said the city's one-time public works director and a city traffic engineer worked for the developer of a proposed shopping mall while they were on the city payroll. Blaszcak also alleged that two former members of the city's Planning Commission used their positions to gain support for their own development projects and that the current public works director has a "paving contract" with the city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1988
Controversy over San Gabriel Vice Mayor Frank Blaszcak's city-bought cellular telephone has been resolved with his announcement that he has hung up the phone for good. A public affairs officer at the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, Blaszcak purchased the $2,100 phone at city expense, prompting a hot-tempered debate among City Council members and residents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 1988
San Gabriel Mayor John Tapp is complaining that Vice Mayor Frank Blaszcak is dialing a wrong number. The two, who were elected in April on a slate of slow-growth candidates, are engaged in a spat about whether the city should pick up the tab for a phone Blaszcak has installed in his car. Blaszcak, who works as a public affairs director for the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, has billed the city $2,000 for the purchase and installation of a portable phone.
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