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Cudahy city manager and city attorney fired, other officials placed on leave

The Cudahy City Council, in a short, hastily called meeting Monday night, fired controversial, longtime City Manager George Perez, who has run the tiny southeast Los Angeles County town for more than a decade.

The council, voting 4 to 0 in closed session, also fired longtime City Atty. David Olivas, replacing him with Arturo Fierro, a partner in a firm that also represents Chino and Rialto.

The council placed City Clerk Larry Galvan and Human Resources Director Crystal Hernandez on administrative leave. Galvan promptly filed his retirement papers, saying “it was a pleasure” to have worked for the city.

Olivas, too, said “it was an honor” to have worked for the city since 2000.

Perez did not attend the meeting. Councilman Juan Romo was absent.

The vote marks the latest political upheaval in the small communities that dot southeast L.A. Neighboring Bell has been rocked by a sweeping public corruption scandal after revelations by The Times about the high salaries paid to eight former officials. The state Legislature is considering a bill that would disincorporate Vernon, where the former city manager was indicted last year. And Maywood is struggling to recover after disbanding its police department and contracting out many city services to Bell.

After announcing the changes, Cudahy Mayor Josue Barrios, elected to the council in 2009 and appointed mayor last week, said Perez was fired “for cause,” though he gave no specifics.

Perez’s contract with the city, signed in 2008, provides that he be paid 18 months’ salary — which began that year at $172,548 — if he is terminated for any reason other than the commission of a felony involving personal gain.

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-- Sam Quinones in Cudahy

 
Comments () | Archives (7)

I wonder just how long it will take to look into Maywood, Compton, Lynnwood and Hawthorne? Then maybe Monterery Park, Montebello and La Puente??

boy, it seems that all of the la county cities, large or small, are ruled by crooks!

Wow, why did this take so long? The LA Weekly already covered how Cudahy was a haven for gang bangers and how George Perez was instrumental in city corruption.

Cudahy is the scariest city in Los Angeles County. It's been four years since the Weekly exposed the corruption in Cudahy, yet not much has happened since until George was fired today.

http://www.laweekly.com/2007-02-22/news/the-town-the-law-forgot/

The DA's office certainly has no problem going after the inept swindlers in Bell, but I'd lay odds absolutely nothing happens to the crime syndicate running the city of Cudahy.

Maywoods downward spiral was due to the inexperienced personnel they hired IE; chief of police. All he did was spend money. He hired his friends and families to ridiculous high salaries some as high as +$10k. The maywood council looked to secure the rich salaries and benefits of Bell for themselves. The council led the people to believe that the city has no money yet they offered no proof of it. Now the only holdover from the maywood regime is carlos fernandez (Robert Rizzo look a like) and his side kick (Mayra Robles) who somehow still managed to stay employed in maywood while all the city's employees were laid off. Most of the second chance officer that were laid off in maywood have since been hired by the sheriffs dept. Good luck Lee!

With all these budget cuts going on through out the cities, what needs to be done is re-evaluate all programs, procedures, staff, etc....to check were we are failing. Just recently in the news, HUD personnel was investegated for charging the city for meetings in Laguna at the Ritz and other bogus charges. This needs to stop! Top official need to go two steps backwards and hire an independent audit firm and review all steps if our tax money is being use for its intentions. We need to start now so we stop all these layoffs!

There's a lack of transparency in this article, much information is being withheld by the young mayor. Doesn't sound like we've heard the end of this story. Reminds me of early retirement for a criminal before getting caught, but with a case of aiding and abetting. Only question left is who was aiding and why did this take place immediately after Cudahy's youngest council member was appointed mayor?


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