Alleged odors vs. alleged public-drunkeness

This just in from reporter Claudia Palma….

EL MONTE – Employees, family and friends of Gregg Industries spoke to a neighborhood committee and governing air district members to discuss issues at Gregg Industries Thursday evening at City Hall.

Over 100 people attended a meeting of the Rio Vista Neighborhood Committee, which consists of members from the Mujeres de la Tierra – El Monte chapter, Amigos de los Rios and other community representatives, held inside council chambers.

“(Our committee) deals with issues in the community – schools, parks, (and Gregg),” said Maria Rosario Valdez of Mujeres de la Tierra.

Mayor Ernie Gutierrez and Councilwoman Pat Wallach sat in the audience as various Gregg representatives spoke on the work the plant has done to improve worker safety and mitigate odors that may be coming from the plant.

Gutierrez said Gregg’s situation is almost identical to what he has been through in the last few weeks.

“What is being said has to be factual,” he said, “it’s too easy for people to get up and speak nonsense without facts.”

Gutierrez expressed his concern for the children and residents in the community but wants to be sure there are documents stating facts of cancer or other health risks in the area.

Interesting that Gutierrez would use concerns over odors form an iron foundry to make parallels with allegations he was drunk and acted inappropriately at a city event.

A little far-fetched?


 

  • Employee of the Month

    I was just curious about this case and if it sheds light on Gregg Industries’ true attitude towards its workers. Can anyone in the Tribune find out more about this? http://www.abmlawyers.com/Case%20Docs/Casanov… (Casanova v. Gregg Industries, Case No. BC337037 – Class Action Law Suit). It seems Gregg was accused of wage and rest break violaitons. Not good for a company whose public relations strategy in terms of countering claims of pollution is that they “care” about their employees and their jobs. Can the Tribune get to the bottom of this.

  • Anonymous

    I notice from the website it claims that Gregg has some sort of problem with wages and rest breaks. Doesn’t sound like an employee friendly company to me. http://www.abmlawyers.com/Case%20Docs/Casanova%20Notice%20of%20Final%20Approval.pdf. ; http://www.abmlawyers.com/Class.htm#Gregg . Sounds like Gregg’s smoke stacks aren’t the only thing blowing smoke.

  • From El Monte

    By golly….Gregg Industries has to settle a class action suit. Go browse some court documents and find out how many companies and Government agencies have been in the same situation. I think keeping jobs here in California is a real concern.

  • Anonymous

    Dear From El Monte (or should I refer to you as “Works for Gregg” or was “Hire to do PR by Gregg”), I have to hand to you you guys really stay on message…kinda’ like the Bush Administration. I guess if you say something enough times people will either start to believe you or will simply forget the original problem. If Gregg want’s to hold themselves out as “worker friendly” then I would say their record with workers is fair game. It’s also odd that that lead PR guy for Gregg, Adan Ortega of the Rose & Kindel PR firm is also an “Advisor” to Mujeres de Law Tierra. Could it be that maybe Mujeres owes Gregg a few favors for the work Rose & Kindel does for them? http://www.rosekindel.com/bios/aortega.html ; http://mujeresdelatierra.org/contact_us . Could it be that Rose & Kindel called in a favor from a non-profit that’s beholden to them to save the reputation of one of its corporate clients? With the money they spend on PR and T-shirts they probably could have fixed their problems.

  • EM resident

    How did an article comparing El Monte’s Mayor to Gregg end up being about class action suits. Talk about someone staying on message. Betcha “Employee of the Month” and “Anonymous #1″ and “Anonymous #2″ are all the same person, with salt and pepper dreds.

    Why would our Mayor compare himself to something that stinks?

  • El Monte Resident

    READ WHAT AQMD HAS TO SAY: http://www.aqmd.gov/news1/2008/GreggIndustries.html

    It’s safe to say that Gregg’s approach to its well documented emissions problem is to: (i) regurgitate nonsense about moving to China – a recurring theme from most pro-Gregg posters; (ii) launch personal attacks on Joe Blackburn (who I am not) and how he looks (a very “school yard” tactic); (iii) minimize publicly avaiable information that suggests Gregg’s legal compliance when it comes to labor relations may be no better than its compliance with environmental laws; and (iv) completely dodge what may well be a dual loyalties probelm for Mujeres de la Tierra, namely, benefiting from the services of a PR firm that is also working for Gregg to do what PR firms get paid to do: put positive spins on real world problems, regardless of what the truth or true public interest may be. HOW DO YOU LOOK AT YOURSELF IN THE MIRROR?

  • Anonymous

    Gregg also brought in some board member for the Hearing Board to speak. Isn’t he violating his duty not be unbiased by taking a pro-Gregg stance in public before the formal AQMD. Aren’t there laws that say if you are sitting on a board with adjudicatory review power you supposed to be unbiased and not get mixed up with advocating for parties that will go before the board you sit on. SHOULDN’T HE BE DISQUALIFIED TAKING A PUBLIC POSITION IN FAVOR OF GREGG BEFORE THERE HAS EVEN BEEN A HEARING. I hope he watched what he said when he joined Gregg at City Hall the other day.

  • http://www.toxicair.org Fighting for Clean Air

    Visit our website about Gregg Industries to learn the TRUTH!

    http://www.ToxicAir.org

  • MUST READ

    The ToxicAir.org website has a great article by the Tribune that explains how it is that Gregg gets away with putting more crap in the air than they would otherwise be able to. This is a MUST READ for anyone who wants a real understanding of the issues.

  • AstroTurfing

    I wonder if the so-called grassroots campaign being waged by Gregg and its PR firm is really more of an AstroTurf campain: See link on the meaning of AstoTurfing:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astroturfing

  • Anonymous

    Is this also true about Gregg’s PR firm. That they came under scrutiny for representing clients who stood to benefit from lax LAUSD standards for bidding while also supposedly representing LAUSD?

    http://www.excellenceinlaschools.com/news/news?id=0030

  • AQMD August 5 Hearing

    The next important hearing for AQMD will be this Tuesday, August 5, 2008 at AQMD’s headquarters in Diamond Bar at 9:00 in the monring. If you are at all interested in this YOU SHOULD GO. You can bet Gregg and their minions will be there. (http://www.aqmd.gov/map/dir2.html) Here are the directions:

    1: Start out going SOUTH on SANTA ANITA AVE toward N SANTA ANITA AVE. 0.1 mi Map

    2: Merge onto I-10 E via the ramp on the LEFT toward SAN BERNARDINO. 9.6 mi Map Avoid

    3: Take the GRAND AVE exit, EXIT 38A. 0.3 mi Map Avoid

    4: Turn RIGHT onto S GRAND AVE. 5.7 mi Map Avoid

    5: Turn RIGHT onto GOLDEN SPRINGS DR. 0.5 mi Map Avoid

    6: Turn LEFT onto COPLEY DR. 0.1 mi Map Avoid

    7: End at 21865 Copley Dr Diamond Bar, CA 91765-4178 Map

    Estimated Time: 20 minutes Estimated Distance: 16.23 miles

  • AQMD August 5 Hearing

    The next important hearing for AQMD will be this Tuesday, August 5, 2008 at AQMD’s headquarters in Diamond Bar at 9:00 in the monring. If you are at all interested in this YOU SHOULD GO. You can bet Gregg and their minions will be there. (http://www.aqmd.gov/map/dir2.html) Here are the directions:

    1: Start out going SOUTH on SANTA ANITA AVE toward N SANTA ANITA AVE. 0.1 mi Map

    2: Merge onto I-10 E via the ramp on the LEFT toward SAN BERNARDINO. 9.6 mi Map Avoid

    3: Take the GRAND AVE exit, EXIT 38A. 0.3 mi Map Avoid

    4: Turn RIGHT onto S GRAND AVE. 5.7 mi Map Avoid

    5: Turn RIGHT onto GOLDEN SPRINGS DR. 0.5 mi Map Avoid

    6: Turn LEFT onto COPLEY DR. 0.1 mi Map Avoid

    7: End at 21865 Copley Dr Diamond Bar, CA 91765-4178 Map

    Estimated Time: 20 minutes Estimated Distance: 16.23 miles

  • http://www.ToxicAir.org Fighting for Clean Air

    Thank you to everyone for the comments here and the links to the class action lawsuit and PR Firm.
    It’s nice to find people who are willing to look at the facts.

    ToxicAir.org

  • MORE CONTROVERSY

    Seems like the Rose & Kindel firm is no stranger to controversy. Looks like one of their employees (Ortega) got himself appointed to a California Secretary of State post but later had to step down when it was revealed that Rose & Kindel, his employer, was also a representative for the company trying to sell voting machines to the State of California, creating what would appear to be a potential CONFLICT OF INTEREST: http://www.bbvforums.org/forums/messages/1954/4447.html

  • http://www.ToxicAir.org Wow, Thanks!!

    That is really interesting. Adan Ortega is the one who is working with Gregg Industries. He’s even quoted in this newspaper article as a “representative” for the company.
    http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/news/ci_9580443

    Kinda makes it sound like he works at the foundry. I am going to let the reporter know that this guy is from a PR firm.

  • Passing thru….

    Was this one person having a dialogue with himself/herself? Why don’t they just submit an op-ed piece for the paper?

  • Resident

    Dear Passing Thru: Perhaps you should just keep walking seeing as you have neither the concern nor the attention span to read up on this issue. Go back to your work station. I hear Gregg is pretty strict when it comes to you rest breaks.