El Monte report could be released in public

There’s been a change of heart in El Monte City Hall.

Just yesterday, City Manager Jim Mussenden said that an investigative report looking into the alleged actions by El Monte Mayor Ernie Gutierrez would be issued in closed session because of concerns over potential litigation.

But today, he said that it was decided that the report needs to be discussed in open session – if it makes it on the agenda.

After Mussenden reads the report, he will decide whether to place the item on the agenda.

Gutierrez was accused earlier this month of attending a public, city-sponsored event drunk, and was groping his girlfriend and shouting out vulgarities.