Lawndale Ousts 2nd City Manager in 2 Years

Lawndale City Manager James Arnold, who faces criminal misdemeanor charges in the demolition of three city buildings that contained asbestos, was ousted this week by a three-member majority of the City Council.

Arnold is the second city manager to be fired by the council within two years. He described the agreement as amicable and said he has no hard feelings about the council's decision. "The city's been good to me," he said.

Said Councilman William Johnson, "We just feel the city of Lawndale has been through a lot of problems and turmoil in the past, and we feel a change is needed." Council members the asbestos case was a factor but problems with the city's budget were a larger concern.

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