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AUGUST 23, 2019

RANCHO LOS AMIGOS WILL GET $12M FOR SOUTH CAMPUS SPORTS CENTER STAFF REPORT The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors recently awarded a construction contract for the South Rancho Campus Sports Complex. The project is budgeted at $12.12 million, $10 million will come from Supervisor Janice Hahn’s 4th District discretionary funding while the additional $2.12 million will come from the city of Downey. Downey officials are working with county of Los Angeles staff on the design and layout of multi-use fields on five acres of land.

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Continued from page 1 twenty-four days. Two follow-up emails were sent June 20 and June 21 asking if the initial email was received. Finally on June 25, Hawaiian Gardens City Clerk Lucie Columbo sent an email indicating the City received the request but was asking for “clarification of the time you are looking for.” “This was the first indication something was wrong,” said Hews, “my first email asked for video from June 14 to June 18, I don’t know how much more specific I could get. The next indication was when City Clerk Columbo said ‘I will be out of the office until next week.’” Columbo waited two days to send another email on June 27, once again asking for a time frame; Hews responding one hour later restating his original request. Finally on July 5, seventeen days after the request, Columbo sent a letter to Hews stating, “we are in receipt of you June 25 request.” “I sent the request June 19 followed up with two emails,” said Hews, “and Columbo, who was undoubtedly under the orders of Mayor Myra Marvilla and her buddy Fred Lincon, said the request started June 25?” The letter stated that the City was “diligently” working on the request, and is in process of retrieving the records, but needed more time. “The extension is reasonable to compile and extract data,” Columbo stated in the letter, “your records will be ready July 19.” On July 19, HMG-LCCN received a letter from David Perucci representing the City’s attorney Best, Best, and Krieger (BBK) stating, “The city continues to review its records to determine the existence of the particular video. The city will send you an update by

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The development of the proposed project includes three synthetic turf or grass soccer fields of various sizes to support play of youth through high school with the largest field being able to host football and lacrosse play as well; a parking lot with an estimated 74 spaces; and a 3,000 squarefoot building that will house restrooms, concessions, administrative offices, storage and meeting space. The fields will also have shielded directional lighting to allow for field usage during dusk/night; fencing along the project boundaries; temporary or permanent bleacher seating is being contemplated; as well as drought-tolerant landscaping. Construction is expected to begin the first quarter of 2020. The property also includes the land hosting two existing buildings that are currently occupied by the Downey Rose Float Association. That area and buildings will remain untouched.

July 31.” “Wendy Gruel did this while she was running for Mayor of Los Angeles,” said Hews, “it took her six months to produce her records, so I said OK I will wait.” But Hews was not expecting what was coming up next. On July 31, another BBK attorney Megan K. Garabaldi sent a letter that proved Hawaiian Gardens city officials were either covering-up the disapperance of the newspapers or were grossly incompetent. Garabaldi wrote, “after a diligent search and inquiry, the city has discovered that, due to inadvertence in its internal procedures and practices, the requested video footage is no longer available. It was automatically overwritten by the default settings of the system.” “As we say in the newsroom, you can’t make this stuff up,” said Hews. “They said they were going over the video for 26 days, since July 5, so nobody on the team looking at the video knew at some point it would get overwritten? Why didn’t they extract a copy?” In response to the “accidental” loss, the City indicated it would take steps to ensure “this would not happen again” while also engaging an IT expert to recover the video. “We will keep you apprised as we attempt to recover the video.” “I did not know you could recover erased video on the same medium,” said Hews. “Regardless, someone stole my newspapers so people would not read the Fred Lincon story. It was on the video, they knew it and delayed, knowing the video would get erased. This is obstruction of justice and typical of the corrupt culture that has emerged since Mayor Maravilla and her three new crony councilmembers took over the City.”

CERRITOS FACILITIES OBSERVE LABOR DAY STAFF REPORT Cerritos City Hall, the City Clerk’s Office, the Cerritos Senior Center at Pat Nixon Park, Cerritos Library, the Community Gymnasiums and the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Office will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2 in observance of Labor Day. On Sep.2, Cerritos Park East, Heritage Park and Liberty Park are open from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The Cerritos Iron-Wood Nine Golf Course is open from 6 a.m. to

8:30 p.m. The Cerritos Sports Complex will be open from 2 to 8 p.m. and the Cerritos Olympic Swim and Fitness Center is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. for adult lap swim and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for recreational swim. There will be no street sweeping and trash pick-up on Labor Day. Schedules will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week through Saturday. The COW and Dial-A-Ride transit services will not operate on Labor Day.

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SITE PLAN for the South Rancho Campus Sports Complex. The project includes three synthetic fields with the largest field being able to host football; a parking lot with an estimated 74 spaces; and a 3,000 square-foot building that will house restrooms, concessions, administrative offices, storage and meeting space.

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