Norwalk mayor target of lawsuit

Norwalk mayor target of lawsuit

There are 120 comments on the Whittier Daily News story from Dec 22, 2008, titled Norwalk mayor target of lawsuit. In it, Whittier Daily News reports that:

The Parks and Recreation director has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Mayor Mike Mendez.

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LM Rez

Los Angeles, CA

#82 Dec 31, 2008
steve wrote:
<quoted text>thank you ! but would like the full low down why steve granillo was let go?what did he know? all the info your hiding? how did they di him in?
Hey Granillo, we're tired of your asking and asking. We know about you too, so just shut the f up. Just cuz you wanna know what others know about you, we can see through your desperate attempts to find sh!t out and what others think of you. Get on with your life.
PETER TOMAKA

United States

#83 Jan 1, 2009
Jeff, you coward, you say you know mike and that you have known him for over 30 years along with his family and that he told you he did this things. You lier, if you truly believed him and you knew they were true and you knew the woman why didn't you turn Mike in to his superiors, YOU COWARD. It's people like you that are worse the Mike Mendez if Mike did these things. You let people get hurt while you were laugh with guys like Mike. Jeff, your a sick person, someone could have really gotten hurt by you not saying anything and you could have avoided all of this.
Tawny

United States

#84 Jan 1, 2009
Toni, you could not break up Mike's home life and your left along as always. Your only revenge is that you are trying to hurt Mike by your lawsuit. It won't work because there are too many of us in the city who know the truth about you and what really did happen. We can't wait to tell the courts or the city what we know. Your old, no real leadership, no chance for advancement, especially now and you'll get what coming to you.
Concerned Citizen

La Mirada, CA

#85 Jan 2, 2009
I am so sorry to see that someone especially a woman would attack another woman in such a manner. However if my memory serves me correcttly and it usually does. Isn't Toni Tucker still fighting Cancer, and wasnt she so severely ill a few years ago that she almost died. I think anyone who thinks she tried to break up that overweight pervert's, and an exucse of a mans home is an awful person. He has been a pervert for years and has abused his power over and over. For the record i made several attempts for it to be known about his harrassment of staff and i was told you do not weant to try and take on a council member in that regard. BOTTOMLINE MENDEZ IS GUILTY IT IS IN THE PAPERWORK FILED THE CITY ALREADY FOUND HIM GUILTY, YET DID NOT DO ANYTHING!
SFS Res

Monterey Park, CA

#86 Jan 3, 2009
It's not surprising that so many people, myself included, won't give their real names. But if you've ever worked or lived in NWK or SFS you know why. Your life can be a living hell. Just try speaking out against any council member or supervisor or City Manager from either city and next thing you know, services are less available, citations or code violations are more abundant. It's common knowledge that council members get their friends & relatives plum jobs while their in office. It's almost like a part of their benefit package. Everyone has a favor to call in or a favor to ask. I'll support you if you support me. Endorse my candidate and I'll do the same for you. It makes one wonder if there are any locally elected officials who aren't on the take in some form or another. Pretty depressing.
Concerned Citizen wrote:
I am so sorry to see that someone especially a woman would attack another woman in such a manner. However if my memory serves me correcttly and it usually does. Isn't Toni Tucker still fighting Cancer, and wasnt she so severely ill a few years ago that she almost died. I think anyone who thinks she tried to break up that overweight pervert's, and an exucse of a mans home is an awful person. He has been a pervert for years and has abused his power over and over. For the record i made several attempts for it to be known about his harrassment of staff and i was told you do not weant to try and take on a council member in that regard. BOTTOMLINE MENDEZ IS GUILTY IT IS IN THE PAPERWORK FILED THE CITY ALREADY FOUND HIM GUILTY, YET DID NOT DO ANYTHING!
S F Springs Citizen

San Bernardino, CA

#87 Jan 3, 2009
P L E A S E, can we not post any more comments this is old news lets all pray and start a new year by avoiding this crap and think about possible things in life. Lets pray for the people less fortunate than us- that are suffering, that are homeless, cold, hungry, blind, death, the people that died in Covina, etc.... Lets avoid this s_ _ t and pray.
too funny

Los Angeles, CA

#88 Jan 4, 2009
You are so right...

This is like a dang soap opera, and everyone on this blog is trying to write the ending... or the next chapter.

Get a life people... Let the courts do thier job.
S F Springs Citizen wrote:
P L E A S E, can we not post any more comments this is old news lets all pray and start a new year by avoiding this crap and think about possible things in life. Lets pray for the people less fortunate than us- that are suffering, that are homeless, cold, hungry, blind, death, the people that died in Covina, etc.... Lets avoid this s__ t and pray.
US Vet

Northridge, CA

#89 Jan 5, 2009
SFS Res wrote:
It's not surprising that so many people, myself included, won't give their real names. But if you've ever worked or lived in NWK or SFS you know why. Your life can be a living hell. Just try speaking out against any council member or supervisor or City Manager from either city and next thing you know, services are less available, citations or code violations are more abundant. It's common knowledge that council members get their friends & relatives plum jobs while their in office. It's almost like a part of their benefit package. Everyone has a favor to call in or a favor to ask. I'll support you if you support me. Endorse my candidate and I'll do the same for you. It makes one wonder if there are any locally elected officials who aren't on the take in some form or another. Pretty depressing.
<quoted text>
Plum jobs.....People with a memory of SFS history... and why mention Gus V? He started the back stabbing when the city tried to redevelop all three streets in the Flood Ranch area; GV street was not included; people felt he back stabbed them. Next; MM was mentored by GV at the neigborhood center; so were the disgraced former city council members. Lou E. and Mercedes D. City has a contract psychologist who does nothing all day; not willing to tackle the high profile cases. Gangs have proliferated; some are members of the MM. I don' call that success.City manager does not know what is or has gone on...No complaints, I doubt it...He should recheck his files......
SFS Resident

Monterey Park, CA

#91 Jan 6, 2009
If you don't want to read comments regarding this "old news" then why don't you go read something else? Most people are interested in listening to different opinions.
S F Springs Citizen wrote:
**** L **** A S ****, can we not post any more comments this is old news lets all pray and start a new year by avoiding this crap and think about possible things in life. Lets pray for the people less fortunate than us- that are suffering, that are homeless, cold, hungry, blind, death, the people that died in Covina, etc.... Lets avoid this s__ t and pray.
Ex SFS Employee

Los Angeles, CA

#92 Jan 8, 2009
I have seen Mike Mendez creep out some of the female rec employees. The reason they never complained was because they are young and feared speaking out against him. He has been doing this for years and finally got caught. But it isn't just Mike Mendez, most of his good-ol-boy underlings did the same things he did. Latham is a big part of the culture of corruption that is part of life in Santa Fe Springs.
CURIOUS

Long Beach, CA

#93 Jan 9, 2009
Stupid Criminals wrote:
I worked for the City of Norwalk many years ago. Nepotism and sexual abuse were outrageous then and it sounds like things have not changed. There was one Councilman that I knew very well, but I wish I hadn't. This sleazy son of a female dog would hit on girls as young as 14 or 15 during city functions ... and they were all afraid to report the abuse because this guy was viewed as the neighborhood "Don" and the girls feared retaliation against their families. Even the locos in the one-ways were afraid of him. To me, he was one of the slimiest people that I ever met ... but to many in the community he seemed like a hero. It appears that some folks in Norwalk perceive Mike Mendez the same way.
WHO?
A Mother

United States

#94 Jan 9, 2009
I have know Mike for 30yrs in SFS. He has always been a gentlemen with me and my daughter. All you people blogging negative statments should be ashamed of yourself. Dont you think his family might read these statements. Be Nice and let our system work FAIRLY!!!
A Mother

United States

#95 Jan 9, 2009
In fact my daughter was left with him alone backstage when she ran for Miss SFS and she said all he gave her was encouraging words!! He never made her feel uncomfortable at all. Please remember he has daughters of his own that might read these terrible statements! BE NICE!!
Former Resident-Employe e

Riverside, CA

#96 Jan 9, 2009
The City will never change and nothing will probally happen to Mike Mendez, just like Kevin Gano. Gano was the former Director of Public Safety, who had a sexual harassment complaint filed against him in 2001. After the "investigation" the employee settled out of court for lots of money. Gano stayed a little longer before he retired and the employee never returned to work.
Mike is just like the rest and he will be taken care of by the City Manager.
Putting It On The Line

Pico Rivera, CA

#97 Jan 12, 2009
I have known Mike for a long time. I was a coodinator of a local event and asked for a permit and was told I would have to speak with Mike Mendez who gave me a 7:30 pm appointment in HIS office. When I was escorted into his office for this late appointment I was uncomfortable and made a decision to make sure to bring my kids with me. HA ya should have seen the look on his face. oh well I am one of the ones that got away!
As for Steve Granillo (thought he knew it all A**Hole) he was fired along with Mike Vitale (another thought he knew it all PERVERT) for embezzlement of city funds! Mike Vitale was another little pervert who liked young city workers and to this day continues to make unwanted contact with old employees. There ya go Steve now ya know!
bellflower

United States

#98 Jan 14, 2009
A Mother wrote:
In fact my daughter was left with him alone backstage when she ran for Miss SFS and she said all he gave her was encouraging words!! He never made her feel uncomfortable at all. Please remember he has daughters of his own that might read these te
rrible statements! BE NICE!!
so now your daughter is keeping a secrete,what really happen when they were alone thats not good!! leaving her alone with that pervert
Anonymous

United States

#99 Jan 14, 2009
bellflower wrote:
<quoted text>
so now your daughter is keeping a secrete,what really happen when they were alone thats not good!! leaving her alone with that pervert
He's a politician
Wake up lady!
Take care of your daughter you idiot
CONCERNED CITIZEN

La Mirada, CA

#100 Jan 15, 2009
YEAH SO MIKE VITALE WOW THAT NAME CONJURES UP SOME SAD THOUGHTS. HE WAS A GUY WHO THOUGHT HE WAS A HOT SHOT. GUESS NOT, AS FOR MIKE MENDEZ MAY THAT DIRT BALL GET WHAT IS COMING TO HIM. MY SISTER WORKED FOR THE CITY AND SHE TOLD ME THAT HE TRIED TO TELL HER THAT SHE BETTER DO WHAT THE MAYOR SAYS WHEN HE TELLS HER SOMETHING. SHE DIDNT AND SO SHE DECIDED TO QUIT. I HOPE HE DOESN'T WIN REELECTION EITHER IT WOULD JUST SHOW HOW MANY PEOPLE DON'T READ AND HAVE NOT READ WHAT IS FILED IN COURT AGAINST HIM.
A Mother

United States

#101 Jan 16, 2009
Anonymous wrote:
<quoted text>
He's a politician
Wake up lady!
Take care of your daughter you idiot
My daughter is well taken care of! You dont know me or my daughter so how can you comment and call me an idiot. Your comment just shows the upbringing you had from your mother.

Believe me if anyone would have shown my daughter any inappropiate behavior she would have ripped his head off!! That is what this idiot has taught her daughter!!
Anonymous

United States

#102 Jan 16, 2009
A Mother wrote:
<quoted text>
My daughter is well taken care of! You dont know me or my daughter so how can you comment and call me an idiot. Your comment just shows the upbringing you had from your mother.
Believe me if anyone would have shown my daughter any inappropiate behavior she would have ripped his head off!! That is what this idiot has taught her daughter!!
Bet she won that night too! Good for you MOM, you taught her well!
I personally know about those Miss City Pageants. Been there done that! NO THANK YOU! NOT FOR MY DUAGHTER! The price is too high to pay and my kid is not going to be some perverts toy. You are an idiot. Have you read what everybody else who knows this guy is writing... wake up lady... get a grip! Of course he was nice to her, of course she would say that... dammmit pendeja, she wanted to win!!!!!

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