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BREAKING: Chuck Fuentes Fired by Central Basin Water District Board During Special Session

By Brian Hews

The Central Basin Water District Board of Directors has fired Charles P. Fuentes as Interim Chief Executive Officer on Thursday afternoon during a heated special meeting.

Fuentes confirmed that he was relieved of his duties after newly elected members Leticia Vasquez, James Roybal and longtime member Bob Apodaca voted to oust the well-known administrator.  Directors Art Chacon and Phil Hawkins of Cerritos opposed the firing of Fuentes.

Fuentes told Los Cerritos Community Newspaper that he was advised by General Counsel Arnold Alvarez-Glasman that the board that “three members of the Board of Directors had voted to release me of my duties.”

Fuentes is a former City Manager of Pico Rivera and former Chief of Staff to Rep. Grace F. Napolitano and key Senior Administrator of former Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn.

LCCN will have additional details throughout the night.

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