Monday, January 31, 2005

Century Sheriff's Station Presents Gang Suppression, and District Improvement Proposal

Lynwood, CA- The Century Station Sheriff's Department is proposing to increment deputies to improve safety by implementing a Business District Improvement Plan and a Gang Suppression Unit.

The Business Improvement Plan proposes to create a team that will enforce issues along the major business streets of Lynwood, specifically, Long Beach Blvd, Atlantic Avenue, and Plaza Mexico. The idea behind the creation of a response team for the business sector is to create a safer environment that will ultimately increase business.

In an effort to produce the necessary resources to achieve the implementation of these programs, the Lynwood City Council is proposing, amongst other cuts, to lay off several City employees.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Local Newspaper Reports on City Manager Hiring

Lynwood, CA - Local newspaper publishes article about the hiring of new city manager. Read story here. The paper also provides an article about the dicussion of priorities between Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, and current Mayor Ramon Rodriguez. Read story here.

Councilwoman Causes Panic Among City employees

Lynwood, CA- During a meeting held yesterday, the Lynwood City Council discussed cuts that in their opinion, are necessary to balance the budget. Those cuts include potential layoffs; the city council discussed positions, but never mentioned any names, presumably, because that is confidential information.

Councilwoman Leticia Vasquez attended the Block Watch meeting yesterday, and gave block watch captains detailed descriptions of the positions that will be laid off. While no specific names were given, her descriptions left little guessing as to whom the people holding the positions are.

Amongst the positions Leticia Vasquez mentioned are:

- One person from planning who is retiring;
- One person from Bateman Hall who is retiring;
- One person from the complaint department;
- One person who serves as the sheriff liaison;
- One person who coordinates after school programs;

Some residents, and other employees consider Leticia Vasquez’ behavior unprofessional, and unethical, and argue that the City should have notified affected employees in a confidential manner.

Monday, January 24, 2005

Plaza Mexico Occupies City Owned Property Illegaly

Lynwood, CA - Plaza Mexico decided to take over the City owned without authorization to use as parking lot for their vendors.

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Thursday, January 20, 2005

City Manager and Finance Director Recruitment Brochures

Lynwood, CA - LynwoodWatch is posting the recruitment brochures for City Manager and Director of Finance for all those who requested them and wanted to know the qualifications of the ideal candidate.

Click here to download City Manager Recruitment Brochure.

Click here to download Finance Director Recruitment Brochure.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Mayor’s Wife is Chosen School Board President

Lynwood, CA - Lynwood's local newspaper reports that Guadalupe Rodriguez, wife of current Lynwood Mayor Ramon Rodriguez has been chosen to lead the Lynwood Unified School District's school board as president.

Read article here.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Attorney Working for Lynwood Unified School District Resigns from Alhambra Unified School District before Being Fired

Lynwood, CA – Francisco Leal, currently doing work for the Lynwood Unified School District and former partner of Lynwood City Attorney Arnoldo Beltran, resigned from his post as attorney for the Alhambra Unified School District before the new school board fired his law firm Leal &Dominguez.

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Monday, January 10, 2005

SPCA Removes Dogs, Cats, Turtle From Pet Store

Lynwood, CA- Several animals in need of medical attention were removed from a Lynwood pet store, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles reported Friday.

To learn more, visit channel NBC4.TV website here.

Sunday, January 09, 2005

Jiffy Lube's Lynwood Franchisee Agrees to Pay $299,000 to Settle Sexual Harassment Law Suit

Lynwood, CA- Lynwood's Jiffy Lube franchise operator agreed to pay $299,000 to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit brought by three female employees through the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The EEOC lawsuit claimed supervisors and other employees at Lynwood Jiffy Lube franchise operated by The Oil Shoppe Inc. created a hostile work environment by making explicit sexual remarks and other egregious comments to female employees, two of whom were still in their teens.

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Wednesday, January 05, 2005

City Gives Employees $25 Gift Certificate

Lynwood, CA - A survey was conducted by the Department of Human Resources to determine whether employees wanted a christmas party or a gift card. Employees voted in favor of a gift card. The City gave employees a $25.00 gift card. The employee association, which was created by employees themselves gave employees a $50.00 gift card.

Above $25 gift certificate issued by the City.

Above $50 gift certificate issued by Employee Association

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Information from LynwoodWatch Featured in New Local Paper

Lynwood, CA- LynwoodWatch would like to thank the new Lynwood News newspaper for featuring information posted in this blog, as well as one of our graphs. While we are not affiliated to this newspaper in any way, we congratulate them and encourage them to continue watching our city!

We also want to thank the programmer that created and donated our new webpage: In our website, you will find all the information featured in this blog. There are some important features that we hope you will find very useful:

1) Online Lynwood Municipal Code. Here you can browse the entire Lynwood Municipal Code, find answers to your Code questions!

2) Complaint System. Here you can submit your complaints to the City.

3) Full agenda. Here you will have access to current and past agendas (full and short versions).

4) Send councilmembers an email. Here you will be able to send elected officials an email.

Our new website is just a complement to this blog. The LynwoodWatch Blog will not be disappear, so keep coming back!

Last but not least, we want to thank the different people from the media who have contacted us for their interest in writing about our blog and website.

Monday, January 03, 2005

$83,331.60 in Legal Fees in January 5, 2005 Warrant

The City's Warrant dated January 5, 2005 shows $83,331.60 in Legal Fees.

View Warrant on Pages 48-41 of Current Agenda here.