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THE NATION; The Freebies Pile Up as South Gate Goes to Polls; Some residents say the city's largess before a recall vote resembles the graft they saw in Mexico.
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Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles, Calif.
Subjects: Politics; Local elections -- South Gate California
Author: Marosi, Richard
Date: Jan 25, 2003
Start Page: A.1
Section: Main News MN; Part A; Metro Desk
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CITIZEN'S PROTEST: One resident shows support for recall during a City Council meeting. Critics fear that South Gate- style politics will spread if the election fails.; PHOTOGRAPHER: Richard Hartog Los Angeles Times; TARGET OF CRITICS: Treasurer [Albert Robles] is called the city's political boss.; PHOTOGRAPHER: Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times; FACING RECALL: Mayor [Xochilt Ruvalcaba], left, talks with Councilwoman [Maria Benavides]. Both are fighting to keep jobs.; PHOTOGRAPHER: Perry C. Riddle Los Angeles Times; FREQUENT OPPONENTS: Councilman [Hector De La Torre], left, berates recall target Vice Mayor [Raul Moriel].; PHOTOGRAPHER: Perry C. Riddle Los Angeles Times; GIVEAWAY: Amid a carnival atmosphere, residents gather near City Hall for a house raffle. Some applauded but others booed.; PHOTOGRAPHER: Richard Hartog Los Angeles Times

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