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Hawthorne mayor charged in connection with stealing food mixer from school district

Guidi Hawthorne Mayor Larry Guidi, who had led the city for nearly two decades, was charged Tuesday in connection with stealing a commercial food mixer from the local school district because he allegedly needed more dough for his home pizza oven.

Guidi, 52, who worked as a warehouse operations manager for the Hawthorne School District, allegedly stole the food mixer and a cart March 25 from a district warehouse, said Jane Robison, spokeswoman for the L.A. County district attorney's office.

The theft was allegedly captured on a video security camera, she said.

The mayor of 17 years was charged with felony second-degree burglary and grand theft, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Ed Miller with the Public Integrity Division.

Prosecutors will ask that bail be set at $20,000. Guidi is expected to be arraigned Wednesday in a downtown L.A. court. If convicted, he faces up to three years in state prison.

He has been placed on leave with the school district, which he has worked for since 2000.

This was not Guidi's first run-in with the law.

In 1994, he fired his 9-millimeter handgun into the air while trying to scare off three juveniles who were breaking into a neighbor's car. After a three-week investigation, the district  attorney's office declined to charge him.

In 2004, the district attorney’s office also investigated whether Guidi’s family members obtained vehicles from a city tow-company contractor and whether those deals were at below-market prices. No charges were filed against him.

-- Richard Winton

Photo: Hawthorne Mayor Larry Guidi. Credit: City of Hawthorne

Comments () | Archives (13)

The Mafia is alive and well in Hawthorne , who knew????

punishment doesn't seem to fit the crime (up to three years in a state prison for stealing a mixer, really? Doesn't it make more sense-financially and otherwise- that he pay for the mixer and/or other damages?) . It's more embarrassing than a real crime. More like "illegal and inappropriate borrowing". What's the value of this mixer? And do we know that he had no intention of returning the mixer?

Guess he wanted to take his homemade pizza up a notch!!!

What a surprise... a guy who once worked in a district warehouse was caught stealing!

This is why we never get our orders, supplies are overpriced, or order forms are conveniently lost so we have to re-submit an order.

Damn thieves....!

Sounds like someone I'd want as mayor of my city!!!

This is old news, reported a couple weeks ago, What a waste of time!

Weeezow!! Being the mayor of a city still leaves me so broke that I have to steal a mixer for my pizza!!!

How did the Blendtec working out, Larry? You didn't happen to breath in the iPhone dust, did you?

Other mayors get busted for stealing millions of tax dollars, or for carrying on steamy affairs with under-age interns. Ours gets busted for stealing kitchen appliances. You stay classy, Hawthorne.

I think everyone caught stealing always intends to return the property...funny how that works...

These City workers shouldn't be taking anything as much as a pencil from the City coffers...Monitor the next Mayor..He'll probably be the most honest person that office has ever seen....

sounds like he is training to either become the Mayor of Los Angeles or maybe work as a State legislator.

That's nothing! How about the Lawndale school district principal (Steve McCray) and wife (Melonka McCray) who founded Southern California Academy of Arts and Sciences, embezzled much more than $5k.. More like approximately $80k by way of nepotism, a state of the art recording studio they moved into their home once the charter was shut down by LAUSD, the charter school's 2002 Ford Econoline 15+ passenger van, commercial kitchen appliances (freezer and fridge valued at about $5k each), tons of sporting goods, Dell computers and servers, surveillance equipment and more - and no one has done anything about that. Funny how these things work.

I'm ashamed to be Italian, That is why I hang out with Anglosaxons.We need to learn more from the real american people and not from this ignorants turned politicians.This is the case to say "mamma mia"! what have you done?


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