Ex-Hawthorne mayor pleads guilty to stealing food mixer


The former mayor of Hawthorne pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing a
commercial-grade food mixer from the local school district where he
worked, a theft that was captured on a video surveillance camera,
authorities said.

Larry Guidi pleaded guilty to a single felony count of grand theft in
Superior Court and was sentenced to one-year probation and ordered to
perform 100 hours of community service, according to Jane Robison,
spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

At the time of his 2010 arrest, Guidi –- long a polarizing figure in
city politics -– reportedly told police that he wanted the kitchen
device for mixing pizza dough for the large weekend backyard parties
he enjoyed throwing for friends and family.

A surveillance camera apparently captured the mayor hoisting the mixer
into a pickup truck, and driving away. The mixer was valued at $1,300.

The arrest marked the first time Guidi had been charged with a crime,
but not the first time he’d come under law enforcement scrutiny.

The district attorney investigated Guidi in 1994 when he allegedly
fired a 9-millimeter pistol into the air while trying to scare off
three teenagers whom he told police were breaking into a neighbor’s
car. No charges were filed.

In 2004, investigators looked at Guidi’s ties to a towing company
after the Daily Breeze newspaper reported that the mayor and others
bought at least 10 cars from the firm at discount prices. Guidi wasn’t
charged but the manager of the towing company pleaded guilty to
perjury and conspiracy and was sentenced to three years in prison.

“There are names that come up more than others,” Dave Demerjian, head
of the Los Angeles district attorney’s Public Integrity Unit, said in
a 2010 interview. “He’d be one of those.”

Guidi was first elected mayor in 1993, but opted not to seek another
term after his arrest