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In troubled, tiny Maywood, mileage stipends add to council salaries

At just over a square mile, Maywood is the second-smallest city in Los Angeles County. To traverse from one end to the other of the working-class town takes but a few minutes. But that didn’t stop municipal leaders from granting themselves, the city treasurer and the city clerk $250 monthly mileage...

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  • Big plans, and concerns, surround L.A. River's revitalization

    Big plans, and concerns, surround L.A. River's revitalization

    City engineers, public works officials and developers stood on a hilltop just north of downtown on a recent weekday and gazed at a low-lying railroad yard dotted with weeds on the far side of the Los Angeles River channel. To the uninitiated, it was a mildly depressing vista of concrete, unwanted...

  • Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    The latest wave of sandwich shops (Hero Shop, Superba Food + Bread, Trencher) and modern Vietnamese cafes (East Borough, Phorage) in Los Angeles have generated tantalizing new spins on banh mi, the beloved Vietnamese sandwich that is the culinary result of French colonialism in Southeast Asia. ...

  • Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

    Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

    Monosodium glutamate: Love it or hate it? Some people are convinced it’s toxic, though there isn't much science behind that claim. Others compare it with table salt. Regardless of which camp you fall into, it’s no secret that MSG is used heavily in restaurants – especially in traditional Chinese...

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  • Deputies in Maywood fatally shoot man with knife

    A knife-wielding man was shot and killed Friday night during a confrontation with deputies outside a home in Maywood, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff's deputies from the East Los Angeles Station responded around 11:06 p.m. to a report of a man attempting to commit...

  • State fines ex-Maywood water company head in money-laundering case

    Gustavo Villa was fined $4,500 in a cash-for-check exchange in 2012 that led to money being given to a southeast L.A. County political action committee.

  • Maywood man accused of killing his 81-year-old mother

    Maywood man accused of killing his 81-year-old mother

    A Maywood man has been arrested on suspicion of killing his 81-year-old mother and dumping her body in a rural area in San Diego County, authorities said Wednesday evening. The woman had been reported missing from her Maywood home on Nov. 15 by family members, according to the Los Angeles County...

  • Man, 59, convicted of sex crimes with grandchildren, other minors

    A grandfather in Maywood has been convicted of sex crimes involving his grandchildren, nieces and others, authorities said this week.  Jose Olivarez Rodriguez, 59, was convicted Friday of 14 felony counts of lewd acts with a child involving six different female children between 5 and 14 years old,...

  • Man killed mom on satanic holiday as human sacrifice, D.A. says

    Man killed mom on satanic holiday as human sacrifice, D.A. says

    A man who killed his mother, then skinned, filleted and dismembered her body as part of a satanic ritual was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years to life in prison in what the judge called one of the most disgusting cases in his career. Moises Meraz-Espinoza walked into the Huntington Park Police Department...

  • Couple wanted in child's death are focus of Maywood manhunt

    Couple wanted in child's death are focus of Maywood manhunt

    An intensive hunt for a fugitive couple wanted in connection with the killing of their 2-year-old daughter in Mississippi is underway in Maywood and surrounding cities after the pair was allegedly spotted in the area selling cars, DVDs and puppies. Janet and Ramon Barreto were seen as recently...

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