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A Baldwin Park gadfly the mayor would love to swat away
A Baldwin Park gadfly the mayor would love to swat away

Paul Cook stood just a few feet away from his adversary inside the small-claims courtroom in Alhambra. Baldwin Park Mayor Manuel Lozano towered over Cook, an attorney and activist — and, in the politician's view, an unrelenting critic with no sense of boundaries. The mayor stood silently, twiddling his thumbs behind his back, as Cook laid out his case. The mayor, Cook alleged, had filed a temporary restraining order against him last summer to thwart lawsuits and deprive him of his right to freely express himself. Not so, Lozano insisted. The mayor said he filed the order after he became concerned for his safety because of Cook's aggressiveness. "He has come to...

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