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Tom Chavez ,a city council colleague of indicted Mayor Judy Wong, has called on the council to consider appointing a new mayor at Tuesday’s council meeting in Temple City. Chavez and at least one member of the public voiced their opinion in no uncertain terms Tuesday evening.
“After much deliberation and soul-searching (I think in response to recent events and hearing from many of the citizens of Temple City) I would like to have the issue of reorganization of the City Council added to our next agenda,” said Tom Chavez after council returned from a closed session matter.
Jerry Jambazian said he thought it would be best for the community if Mayor Wong stepped aside. While admitting that this was hard to say, he felt it best for Temple City especially if the trial continues for a period of time and garners additional media spotlights
Last month a a 21-count indictment returned by the Los Angeles County Grand Jury against Wong was, former Mayor Cathe Wilson and former council candidate Scott Carwile was unsealed. Wong was charged with multiple counts of bribery, of perjury and one count of solicitation of bribery. All three council members pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Allegations by developer Randy Wang that Wong, Wilson and then-Councilman David Capra demanded bribes from him in return for their support of his $75-million Piazza project brought the charges to light and the tri was again in court Thursday morning in Los Angeles and ordered back to court next month on the charges.
Thursday’s court appearance was a pre-trial hearing. Another pre-trial hearing date was set for Aug. 26.
Photos by Terry Miller