Phew. I just finished watching the El Monte City Council meeting.
Mayor Ernie Gutierrez still did not make a statement regarding the incident at the sister city event, and the only council member to address it was Councilwoman Pat Wallach. Her prepared statement called on Mayor Ernie Gutierrez to step up or step down.
“He should stand up like a man,” and apologize, Wallach said.
She also questioned the method in which the investigation was performed, and said that the three council members that attended the event were not interviewed. Wallach added that she saw an open bottle of tequila in front of Gutierrez at the event. She did not say whether Gutierrez was seen drinking from it.
She also said that Gutierrez does not control the city, and that these actions put the city in a bad light.
Three people spoke in public comment against Gutierrez. One of them asked Gutierrez should be recalled.
To get a full scope of Wallach’s statement, I suggest watching the meeting. Just click on the July 1 meeting, go to view video, and scroll down to item 12.04.