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Hawthorne mayor under investigation for stealing kitchen mixer

May 7, 2010 |  3:44 pm

A high-quality, industrial food mixer is at the center of a controversy brewing in Hawthorne, where Mayor Larry Guidi is under investigation for allegedly stealing the kitchen appliance from the school district where he works, the Daily Breeze reports.

The alleged Mixmaster theft, which apparently was captured on videotape, could result in two felony theft-related charges. Guidi is the facilities and warehouse manager for the Hawthorne School District, but has been placed on administrative leave.

His longtime council ally Ginny Lambert tells the Breeze:

"I know Larry does not steal, and I believe it was going to be tossed out or auctioned off. They're making a big deal out of nothing. They were going to get rid of it. Larry doesn't steal."

reggie the gator celebrates his anniversary today!

Reggie the alligator moves in with Cajun Kate: Reggie, the elusive alligator who evaded capture for nearly two years at Lake Machado in Harbor City, is getting a new companion.

Curbed L.A. says Reggie's new lady friend, Cajun Kate, had been living with Methuselah at the Los Angeles Zoo. Methuselah, estimated to be about 70, was the zoo's oldest animal.  

A news release from Councilwoman Janice Hahn's office announced that the pair will make their media debut Monday morning. Reggie's no stranger to the media. He gained worldwide fame after his owners dumped him in the lake because he had grown too big. But when alligator handlers, animal control officers and others attempted to capture him, he would disappear.

So far, though, the new relationship is rocky. Hahn's news release notes that there was "some friction" after their introduction with some "superficial wounds." Now, it seems they've adjusted to their new digs.

Paying at the pump: In case you haven't noticed, the price of gas is creeping up again. Experts say it's unrelated to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but the bottom line: gas prices have risen in 10 of the last 12 days.

The average price in Southern California is now $3.15 a gallon, the highest since October. Check out the Long Beach Press-Telegram for gas links and a fuel cost calculator.

--Kimi Yoshino

Yoshino is a Times assistant city editor. Have news for Linking L.A.? E-mail newstips@latimes.com.

Photos: Mixmaster (Amazon.com); Reggie (Los Angeles Times)