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Recall against embattled Maywood officials fails

December 10, 2008 | 12:07 am

In a special election that drew only a fraction of Maywood's 7,470 registered voters, residents defeated measures Tuesday to recall Mayor Felipe Aguirre, Vice Mayor Veronica Guardado and Councilwoman Ana Rosa Rizo.

They voted 1,115 to 871 against recalling Aguirre; 1,110 to 839 against recalling Guardado; and 1,113 to 827 against recalling Rizo.

Measure M, known as the Maywood Ethics in Government Hiring and Contracting Practices Initiative, was passed on a vote of 1,080 to 735. The initiative boosts the qualifications for police chief and discourages nepotism in city hiring practices. The low voter turnout was not a surprise to Maywood officials.

"We usually have a low voter turnout, and we knew that this was going to happen," Guardado said.

Maywood has been in the headlines for various government controversies, notably problems with the police department.

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More coverage of Maywood police problems.

--Ari B. Bloomekatz