Irwindale, California

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Irwindale is a city in the San Gabriel Valley, in Los Angeles County, California, United States. The population was 1,446 at the 2000 census.

With relatively few residents, Irwindale consists mostly of rock quarries, which are the major revenue source for the city. The Irwindale Speedway is also located in the city, as is the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area near the San Gabriel River, and a plant of the Miller Brewing Company. The city became the new permanent site for the annual Southern California Renaissance Pleasure Faire in 2005, after it moved from its previous home at the Glen Helen Regional Park in Devore.

Unlike the fellow low population cities Industry and Vernon, there are actual neighborhoods in Irwindale. Irwindale is a full service city, offering police and library services. There is a skate park, a teen center, a senior center, and a public gymnasium. The housing is centered near the southeast corner of Arrow Highway and Irwindale Avenue, with a small tract of housing in the southwest corner of the city near Cypress Avenue.

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Bell-like corruption alleged in Irwindale

A town of modest means, with an average income of $30,000, and a poverty rate 16.4 percent is suspected of being governed by high-rolling executives. Four current and former Irwindale officials, including a council member, have been charged with misuse of public funds. The accused city officials went on a reported five trips to New York City, between 2001 and 2005, supposedly to procure a higher bond rating for Irwindale. But prosecutors allege that they just "mostly partied." [5]

The LA Times exposed the details. The city had set aside $87 million for an "affordable housing" fund, but "little housing was built or rehabilitated" according to the newspaper. City officials did dip into the fund, however, for lavish trips to New York. They stayed at the Ritz Carlton for as long as six nights at a time. They ate at the higly expensive Le Bernadin and River Cafe. They bought tickets for themselves to Yankees and Mets games and to Broadway shows such as The Phantom of the Opera and Mamma Mia!, and they made sure they had chauffeurs to take them around town. The final bill for the five trips is estimated at $205,678. Not in Bell's league perhaps, but extremely vexing, nevertheless.[5]

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