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Maywood to lay off all city employees, dismantle Police Department

The city of Maywood will lay off all city employees and begin contracting police services with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department effective July 1, officials said.

In addition to contracting with the Sheriff's Department, the Maywood City Council voted unanimously Monday night to lay off an estimated 100 employees and contract with neighboring Bell, which will handle other city services such as finance, records management, parks and recreation, street maintenance and others. Maywood will be billed about $50,833 monthly, which officials said will save $164,375 annually.

"We will become 100% a contracted city," said Angela Spaccia, Maywood's interim city manager.

Deputies from the East Los Angeles Sheriff's Station will begin patrolling the 1.2-square-mile city by the end of the month, said Capt. Bruce Fogarty of the Sheriff's Contract Law Enforcement Bureau. The annual cost of providing those services for the small city is estimated at $3.6 million, Fogarty said.

At a council meeting Monday night, city leaders said they were forced to dismantle the Police Department and lay off city workers because they lost insurance coverage as a result of excessive police claims filed against the department. They also blamed years of financial abuse and corruption from the previous council.

"We're limited on our choices and limited on what we can do," Councilman Felipe Aguirre told the standing- room-only crowd.

Frustrated and enraged residents blame the council for the city's predicament, and for not following an insurance agency's recommendations, which council members had agreed to last August. The recommendations included hiring a permanent city manager.

Some suggested that city leaders should step down.

"You guys had the power to change it and you didn't," said City Treasurer Lizeth Sandoval, 28, who addressed the council as a resident. "You single-handedly destroyed the city."

Sandoval, a city employee, will be laid off as part of the cuts.

Local activists, who refer to themselves as "A Group for a Better Maywood," announced their intention to recall four of the council members: Felipe Aguirre, Edward Varela, Vice Mayor Veronica Guardado and Mayor Ana Rosa Rizo. The same group sought a similar recall in 2008 and failed.

-- Ruben Vives

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Wow, a 28 year old city treasurer.... And there are thousands of real comptrollers/finance majors out there, with no jobs.

BUnch of nitwits run the city, got the jobs just because they are of the right ethnicity.

Thats what you get fools.

It's said that all politics is local and so is corruption, which in turn mean, they are all the same.

Just a minute here. This is the same city that declared itself a servant to the illegal immigrants coming to California --maybe --just maybe this has something to do with it.

Things will only get worse if the residents decide to recall these council members. The city is out of money and a recall election costs a lot of money that either side doesn't have. The best solution is to wait until the next election to vote the council members out if you don't support them. 100 people to be laid off from a small city like Maywood will have deep ramifications in the community. Don't make the situation worse.

Hey --just curious..did anyone check their legal status and referrences??? Seems like they really screwed up their jobs and their city...

One down, Los Angeles city NEXT!!

To all mexicans who wishes they have their own LAWLESS territory. BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR.

I mean if you like it here why do you want to transform this city to the same one you RAN AWAY from?

The problems the city is facing is not entirely the fault of the current city council..all the blame should be put on the past corrupt council led by G. Martinez, S. Peña and all of their cohorts! They should be held accountable for what they did to this city!

I guess all of the illegal aliens in Maywood weren't able to keep it afloat.

someone tell me why there is a city of maywood...it sounds like a niche garbage dump full of corrupt city officials...WHO WOULD HAVE GUESSED....corruption and city officials seem to go hand in hand...i did notice they all had hispanic surnames....DOES THIS MEAN SOMETHING? look south of the border to see what is going to happen!!!

The city leaders should take the blame for the collapse and the massive layoffs and let the people elect the people who can manage the city very well. City employees should conduct themselves professionally and ethically to prevent this kind of financial disaster from happening in the first place.

Corrupt constituents equals corrupt city council.

The police dept. does need to go, but to lay off the entire city? Hopefully, that means the City Council will also get laid off!

I know the state has taken over colleges and school districts. Couldn't they do the same for Maywood? Maybe the county should step in and make it an unincorporated area.

Seriously that whole area's a dump. All the politicians need a 'crash course' in ethics and budgeting.

See a pattern:
City Treasurer Lizeth Sandoval, 28 - wow, her budgeting expertise was surely legandary.
Councilman Felipe Aguirre
Mayor Ana Rosa Rizo

Its called third-world governance. Get used to it California. Should be exciting as the current generation matures and starts voting for Socialist programs and corruption en masse.

And you wonder why Arizona is at least trying to prevent this mess?

Third world Latin American politics brought this sanctuary city down - let this be a lesson to all the Mexican Socialists in Sacramento.

Maywood is a corrupt, mismanaged city. It is not a dump. There are many beautiful homes that are not being bailed out by banks. Racists, please check your vitriol levels before you post online. Didn't OC default on loans and go bankrupt in the 1990s? Seriously, politicians can be inept if they are named Jones or Gonzalez!

This is the first of many. We should also consider privatizing the schools. Each student could be given a $5,000 voucher for private school if public schools are privatized. California could easily balance its budget, student performance would increase and the public pension monkey would get off the government's back.

Eddie, prove it! Why don't you state Felipe Aguirre received $95,000.00 from The Maywood Business Fascade Program (while he was in council) He hired a contracted for other work and never paid him! He then lost his bogus business He also headed a large group of his Pro-Uno(his business) members to sue the Police Department for bogus claims. The council you mentioned has not made a decision for six years! The past council is not to blame for the city's spiral downward...just read all the minutes from the council meeting from the past four years...the answer is there. The City's own treasurer blamed them! It is sad to see Maywood in such a negative light...I only hope things turn around and Maywood citizens get the services they deserve!

This is the same city that tried to illegally implement rent control about two years ago so that illegals could not be thrown out of their apartments. They did this only to try to bribe the illegal residents to vote for them. Well it is now time for them to lose their jobs. Imagine a city council purposely devalueing their City's apartments to gain favor with illegals.

If you basically have contracted everything out, why do you need the city council?

Seems to me the city council will be taking that now-free $164k per month and pocketing it... Just like they do with everything else.

I'm sure they're taking a lesson from the Bell City Council and working on paying themselves $100k per year to be a part-time council.

And the argument about the insurance being cancelled is bogus - the council has been aware of that since September of last year. Yet, they made little effort to make changes or actually fulfill the requirements laid out by the insurance companies.

So, they can pass all the blame they want onto the insurance or the police or whomever, but the reality is, they did it to themselves. Personally, I think the council became afraid the police department was actually making the Attorney General's required reforms and felt they were at risk of being caught.

As the saying goes, "Beware what you wish for..."

And to the residents of Maywood: Congratulations! You wanted no traffic enforcement because they were taking away your cars since you had no drivers license - you got it. You wanted a council to stop ICE from deporting illegal immigrants - you got it. Now, you're soon going to have what you fled - the new Mexican State of Maywood. Enjoy.

WOW I mean WOW (thats cheap) like the ridiculous Staples commercial.So if you do the math that saves Maywood about $13,666.66 a month How insane,all of the city employees are likely living and spending their income in Maywood.Now how many Bell workers live in Maywood?I am sure the city of Bell will have wage increases,expense accounts,automobiles to drive and see Maywood.Bell will just get the warm and fuzzies and help remove the city council wich is a great idea.If the Maywood city council (because they can't manage money) has Bell contracted to take care of services they can't.Why does Maywood need a city council?

Why oh why do we need all these tiny "cities" anyway? It's so idiots like these can have cushy gigs and that's all. We don't need micro-government, people.

"We will become 100% a contracted city," said Angela Spaccia, Maywood's interim city manager.

Now were a "contracted city" as well as a "sanctuary city".

"They [the city council] also blamed years of financial abuse and corruption from the previous council." It's not the previous council it's the CURRENT council. I wonder Aguirre was looking in a mirror when he said that. This council now is the worst ever.

If you don't have the revenue, you can't pay the wages.

State employee unions are robbing this country anyway. This is a small step in the right direction.

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