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As Maywood tries to end ties with Bell, a closer look at its financial fall

This summer, the small city of Maywood made national headlines when it laid off most of its workers, disbanded the Police Department and contracted most city services to the neighboring city of Bell.

Maywood's move was quickly overshadowed by the salary scandal in Bell, which resulted in the indictments of eight current and former city officials on charges of public corruption. Now Maywood is working to extricate itself from Bell and rebuild its own city government.

But an examination into how Maywood found itself in this position offers a window into the struggles of this group of small, largely working-class communities that straddle the 710 Freeway southeast of downtown L.A.

Maywood's problems have their roots in an effort seven years ago to provide police services to another neighboring city, Cudahy.

Read more: "The saga of Maywood's downward spiral."

-- Sam Quinones

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The rising costs were a result of incompetence of the city council to earn revenue. You can get so much in taxes and revenue when (Councilman Felipe Aguirre) declares the city as a "sanctuary city" and half the population is illegals that don't pay taxes to help pay for city services. It doesn't help either that the council misappropriated it's funds too. Spending millions on fighting (and predictability losing) the LAUSD on building a school between 57th Street to Slauson Avenue.

These councilmembers spend all the money on themselves or on their cronies. That was the real reason. They wanted to disband the police on purpose, yet still paying them after they were laid off (because they were still under contract). The council is totally corrupt and incompetent.

Another cause was the inexperience that chief Hauptmann brought. All he did was spend, spend, spend. And all he preached was the city is broke, broke broke. New decals on all vehicles, new patches on uniforms, several paint jobs to offices, the hiring of his friends and family memebers to ridiculous salaries some which were +10k. He asked city employees to take pay cuts while he continued to spend. He talked badly about officer and their "bogus" lawsuits. Yet he sued the city upon exiting. And he allowed promiscuity in his depts. Guys like Sgt Frank Garcia cheated on his wife many times with other female employees. It was common knowledge and Administration did nothing. And they tried to teach employees about Ethics?

I didn't know about all that mess, none of the articles mentioned it. Anyway, I agree that the department is gone due to the city's leaders. If the council didn't know what they were doing, why are they still there? I don't get why small communities allow such people to run the cities where they reside. It's just unbelievable.... I hope they all go to jail...

Felipe Aguirre, Ana Rosa Rizo and Veronica Guardado are all criminals, along with other counicl members in Maywood who have run the city in the past. They said over and over all the police were bad, and then tried to hire Alfred Hutchings to be chief. He had been convicted of theft and fired from two different jobs, including the LAPD,for theft allegations. That was the great leader they chose for their troubled department... Oh wait, there's more! They also hired Richard Lyons to be Chief and he had been fired not from one, but two, YES TWO police departmentments... ahhhhh.... Two convicted criminals to run the city's police department.. GREAT JOB PEOPLE!!! Birds of a feather...


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