Mexico Has Been Exporting Its Problems—And Maywood, California Has Them
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Maywood, California has problems.  It’s problems are typical of Mexican cities, but Maywood isn’t in Mexico, it’s in America:

Authorities probe alleged misconduct in Maywood city offices

February 18, 2010 |  6:36 pm

The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office has launched an investigation into alleged misconduct by Maywood city officials, including whether they broke the law when they hired an assistant city manager from neighboring Bell to replace their own city manager.

Jennifer Snyder, a prosecutor in the Public Integrity Unit, said her office is looking into whether City Council members and other officials had “serial meetings” outside of the public eye to reach a consensus in violation of the Brown Act.

She said that investigators are also looking at other allegations of misconduct, such as the misappropriation of public funds. Snyder said prosecutors were examining whether there is a conflict of interest involved in the hiring of the Bell official to work in Maywood because that official will work for both cities.

“There’s a whole law about incompatible offices,” Snyder said. “We have to look at whether or not they played by the rules in making that decision.”

All but one of the Maywood City Council members declined to comment on the investigation, saying they were unaware of the specifics of the allegations.

However, Councilman Felipe Aguirre said he knew of no meetings held outside the council chambers. “I’m very cognizant of the Brown Act and what it means,” Aguirre said. “If they think we’re making policies outside of the chamber, then go ahead and prove that.”

Maywood has been a politically tumultuous place for several years, with recalls, a state investigation involving brutality and other misconduct by its Police Department and conflicts over the City Council majority’s reluctance to extend a police contract with the city of Cudahy.

Four years ago, Maywood gained notoriety when Aguirre, then a newly elected councilman, declared the municipality a “sanctuary city” for illegal immigrants. Later that year, a city clerk was charged with trying to solicit the murder of Aguirre. [More]

See See’s  Report From Occupied America: Maywood, CA—Small Town USA To Illegal Sanctuary City…In Just Three Decades!, By Bryanna Bevens,February 09, 2006.

When Pat Buchanan’s State Of Emergency was published, libertarian Dave Weigel,  sitting in for Andrew Sullivan,  asked rhetorically

“Can anyone point me to the border towns where democracy has collapsed, supplanted by Latin American-style caudillos? Have Arizona, California, and the rest of the Southwest become less American or less loyal? “

The answer, from, and from a number of Weigel’s readers, was “Hell, yes!”

We mentioned South Gate, California, the reader who emailed him mentioned…Maywood, California.

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