Lopez back in center of Orange Cove issues
In the year leading up to his 2010 election defeat, then-Orange Cove Mayor Victor Lopez unsuccessfully fought a proposal to reconstitute the city's Police Department and tangled with new Chief Frank Steenport.
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#1 Feb 19, 2013
Victor Lopez didn't have anything to say to a reporter?? No wonder it's going to rain.
Sam Escobar keeps putting his foot in his mouth each time he talks to reporters. Get your story straight.
The city has $5 million in cash reserves so why are they reporting that they're in deficit spending? According to who?
#2 Feb 19, 2013
the council doesn't "plan on getting rid of the Police Department. We want to hold on to the Police Department."
City Manager Sam Escobar, hired in 2011, echoed that thought.
"This is not what's on the agenda," he said. "This is not what is taking place. The chief is on paid absent leave. I'm not looking for a new chief."
As with so many things in Orange Cove, Lopez is at the heart of the dispute.
Not only did Lopez oppose the department's rebirth, he also went on an alleged tirade against Steenport in September 2010, not long before he lost his reelection bid.
At the time, Steenport said Lopez threatened him and told him to "watch your back." Lopez denied making any threats. The Fresno County Sheriff's Office subsequently looked into the matter.
Steenport did not return phone calls seeking comment.
Last November, Lopez was re-elected to the council, though not as mayor. Not long after, Steenport said he got tips of alleged voter fraud.
its clearly here he got fired since the police now's they commited fraud.
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