Norwalk mayor target of lawsuit

Dec 22, 2008 Read more: Whittier Daily News 120
The Parks and Recreation director has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Mayor Mike Mendez. Read more
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City Resident

Norwalk, CA

#1 Dec 22, 2008
This allegation is not suprising!! There is alot of nepotisum in the City of Norwalk!! And when you say something or complain.... life gets hard for you if you work for the city!!! Does anyone remember Mr.Granillo he was let loose by the City because he was a liability...Hush Hush...And I would not trust the Human Resourses....They seem to only follow City orders !!!!!
Not Surprised

Rowland Heights, CA

#2 Dec 22, 2008
It's unfortunate that so many politicians think they're above the law. Despite all the good things Mr. Mendez has accomplished over the years, the only thing people will remember is the recent charges filed against him. Now is the perfect time for new candidates to challenge Mr. Mendez in March 2009. Especially a candidate like Candy Martinez, protege of Norwalk council member Rick Ramirez.
Santa Fe Springs

Pico Rivera, CA

#3 Dec 22, 2008
This allegation is not suprising!! I was waiting for something like this to come out. I seen Mr. Mike Mendez Talk and Sexual touch woman employed by the City of Santa Fe Springs.
I know For a fact there are many more Woman out there that have been touched or talked Sexually too.
Mike Mendez is a Monster He always Said he can make your life a living hell if you dont go along with him. Speak up City of Santa Fe Springs You KNow who you girl's are now is the time to nail that Monster.
Norwalk Incumbant

Pico Rivera, CA

#4 Dec 22, 2008
Looks like my candidate just won. Sorry buddy. Timing is everything. You had a great ride and a even better retirement from SFS. You just got old and sloppy, that's all. Nothing personal.
Get out the vote

Sun Valley, CA

#5 Dec 23, 2008
It just seems very suspicious that now she decides to file suit, right before an election. According to her it's been going on for 2 years. Besides them, nobody really knows what went on, if anything, that's for the courts to decide. It's just that the timing raises a red flag.
Maria Grace Pilios

Glendale, CA

#6 Dec 23, 2008
Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? I am sorry but if you feel that someone is harassing you, you do not wait for two years to report it, you report it the first time it happens.
I have worked with Mike on various projects over the years and he has done many GREAT things for this city. Mike has backed up EVERY student project that I have brought to him - without hesitation! Without Mike's, backing Measures K, A or W would never have passed and our schools would not be in the condition they are. Little Lake Schools are clean and have a good environment. Mike has never made a promise to the students in this town that he did not keep. Until this year Mike and Cheri Kelley are the ONLY two city council people that contributed to our Washington D.C. trip (out of their own pockets), the only ones who start off each school year with a personal phone call to make sure all my students have everything they need.
Mike has always put our city first, he is a product of this town, and to condemn him without a trial is condemning this city. Save your nasty comments until he has his day in court. The Mendez name means something in this town. and as a town who have benefitted from this for years, we cannot forget it!
p.s.- To the other comments before mine - As an English teacher - if you are going to post comments on the internet for thousands to read, make sure you can put together a coherent sentence.... or at least be able to spell!
La Mirada

San Francisco, CA

#7 Dec 23, 2008
This is an LM Blog... Start your own Norwalk residents... don't air your dirty Laundry here... we have enough of our own.
Aprende ingles

Temecula, CA

#8 Dec 23, 2008
Maria Grace Pilios wrote:
Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? I am sorry but if you feel that someone is harassing you, you do not wait for two years to report it, you report it the first time it happens.
I have worked with Mike on various projects over the years and he has done many GREAT things for this city. Mike has backed up EVERY student project that I have brought to him - without hesitation! Without Mike's, backing Measures K, A or W would never have passed and our schools would not be in the condition they are. Little Lake Schools are clean and have a good environment. Mike has never made a promise to the students in this town that he did not keep. Until this year Mike and Cheri Kelley are the ONLY two city council people that contributed to our Washington D.C. trip (out of their own pockets), the only ones who start off each school year with a personal phone call to make sure all my students have everything they need.
Mike has always put our city first, he is a product of this town, and to condemn him without a trial is condemning this city. Save your nasty comments until he has his day in court. The Mendez name means something in this town. and as a town who have benefitted from this for years, we cannot forget it!
p.s.- To the other comments before mine - As an English teacher - if you are going to post comments on the internet for thousands to read, make sure you can put together a coherent sentence.... or at least be able to spell!
Maria, if you are an English teacher, I feel sorry for your students. Maybe that will explain why Norwalk kids are so underserved or failing in their test scores. I would ask that you check your grammar, punctuation, and spelling before confronting someone on their own.

(Mike's, backing - no comma; Measures K, A or W - after A is where you need your comma; your jump from condemning Mike to condemning this town lack coherence; town. and as - capitalization for And; secondly, you don't start a sentence with a conjunction)

Please Maria, if you are going to defend him and castigate others, insure that your post is above reproach.

Innocent until guilty is for the criminal courts. It's a civil suit anyway, so innocence and guilt has nothing to do with it, simply a preponderance of the evidence. It's whether he more likely than not did it, and the consensus is that he more likely than not is a perverted old man. What's his surname have to do with it anyway?
NWLK

San Francisco, CA

#9 Dec 23, 2008
You must be done with all your shopping...

Get a LIFE!
Aprende ingles wrote:
<quoted text>
Maria, if you are an English teacher, I feel sorry for your students. Maybe that will explain why Norwalk kids are so underserved or failing in their test scores. I would ask that you check your grammar, punctuation, and spelling before confronting someone on their own.
(Mike's, backing - no comma; Measures K, A or W - after A is where you need your comma; your jump from condemning Mike to condemning this town lack coherence; town. and as - capitalization for And; secondly, you don't start a sentence with a conjunction)
Please Maria, if you are going to defend him and castigate others, insure that your post is above reproach.
Innocent until guilty is for the criminal courts. It's a civil suit anyway, so innocence and guilt has nothing to do with it, simply a preponderance of the evidence. It's whether he more likely than not did it, and the consensus is that he more likely than not is a perverted old man. What's his surname have to do with it anyway?
Maria Grace Pilios

Glendale, CA

#10 Dec 23, 2008
Aprende ingles wrote:
<quoted text>
Maria, if you are an English teacher, I feel sorry for your students. Maybe that will explain why Norwalk kids are so underserved or failing in their test scores. I would ask that you check your grammar, punctuation, and spelling before confronting someone on their own.
(Mike's, backing - no comma; Measures ****, A or ****- after A is where you need your comma; your jump from condemning Mike to condemning this town lack coherence; town. and as - capitalization for And; secondly, you don't start a sentence with a conjunction)
Please Maria, if you are going to defend him and castigate others, insure that your post is above reproach.
Innocent until guilty is for the criminal courts. It's a civil suit anyway, so innocence and guilt has nothing to do with it, simply a preponderance of the evidence. It's whether he more likely than not did it, and the consensus is that he more likely than not is a perverted old man. What's his surname have to do with it anyway?
Thanks for the grammar lesson, though it is unwarranted or unasked for. Don't feel sorry for my students, they get a great education and have the test scores to prove it. This is not about my students or my scores, but thanks for dragging them into this.

My post is above reproach because unlike you I am not afraid to sign my name for public scrutiny. I understand the difference between civil and criminal defense, though you appear not to understand the concept of jumping to conclusions in the media. What I have stated is my opinion and I stand behind it. I will not condemn Mike, he is a good person with a good heart. What I condemn is the slow response to what someone perceives as "harassment" (by the person). What I condemn is taking the word of the media and for comments to start spewing on the internet without waiting to see if the allegations have merit.

Thanks to the person who told you to get a life...you really need too!!!
Another Norwalk Resident

Long Beach, CA

#11 Dec 23, 2008
There seems to be a few people who knows some of the dirty going ons in the City of Norwalk/as well as SFS...Step up and be counted...Someone should check up on other fileings done with City Of Norwalk Human Resourses!!!Would not suprise me that others have filed complaints,that went to the L.A.County Labor Board (Downtown L.A.)..that got sweeped under the rug!!!!....I Know.....
Mark

Anaheim, CA

#12 Dec 23, 2008
This woman is in a tough spot. The HR dept is not going to support her because it means going against their own boss. Everyone will be afraid to speak up for fear of losing their job. Why was she offered the option of taking a settlement and resigning? Why should she have to give up her job while he gets to stay?
Santa Fe Springs

Pico Rivera, CA

#14 Dec 23, 2008
All I can say is MIKE MENDEZ IS A PIG. To all of you who say Mike is so good and he dose this and that for the City or Students then you dont know the real Mike. I seen Mike Do this to Other Woman With my own Eyes and you Santa Fe Springs Employes know who you are. This has nothing to do with the up coming election, It's someone finaly stept up and said NO MORE TO THIS MONSTER. AND TO ALL OF YOU BASHING THE OTHER WOMAN SHAM ON YOU GUY'S WHAT IF IT WAS YOU OR YOUR KID IN HERE SHOES?
James

Pico Rivera, CA

#15 Dec 23, 2008
Another Norwalk Resident wrote:
There seems to be a few people who knows some of the dirty going ons in the City of Norwalk/as well as SFS...Step up and be counted...Someone should check up on other fileings done with City Of Norwalk Human Resourses!!!Would not suprise me that others have filed complaints,that went to the L.A.County Labor Board (Downtown L.A.)..that got sweeped under the rug!!!!....I Know.....
I know what your talking about how many? Wow I cant belive a City would do that. I know the same whent on In the City of Santa Fe Springs To. They Just coverd up What ever Mike did, Lets get that Son of A B***h and take him Down.
A Voter

Los Angeles, CA

#16 Dec 23, 2008
I guess this means it is time for new leadership. It is also time to get rid of guys like Gary Mendez at Rio Hondo, Rick Ramierz (another loser) of Norwalk, Louie Gonzales, Joe Serrano and Gus Velasco of SFS. It's time for new leadership everywhere. I guest these guys are no longer getting along.
Novela

San Francisco, CA

#17 Dec 23, 2008
Norwalk and SFS are like a Pinche Novela... change the channel already.
Resident

Los Angeles, CA

#18 Dec 23, 2008
I think the Voter has something? Have someone investigate how of the friends Gary Mandez, Rick Ramirez and the other guys have stuff in their closets? I also think it is time for new leadership. Give new candidates a chance to do something new.
steve

Provo, UT

#19 Dec 23, 2008
City Resident wrote:
This allegation is not suprising!! There is alot of nepotisum in the City of Norwalk!! And when you say something or complain.... life gets hard for you if you work for the city!!! Does anyone remember Mr.Granillo he was let loose by the City because he was a liability...Hush Hush...And I would not trust the Human Resourses....They seem to only follow City orders !!!!!
what do you mean liability ? was he going to talk or was he in the wrong? please explain????
Lifelong Norwalk Resident

Glendale, CA

#20 Dec 23, 2008
Santa Fe Springs wrote:
All I can say is MIKE MENDEZ IS A PIG. To all of you who say Mike is so good and he dose this and that for the City or Students then you dont know the real Mike. I seen Mike Do this to Other Woman With my own Eyes and you Santa Fe Springs Employes know who you are. This has nothing to do with the up coming election, It's someone finaly stept up and said NO MORE TO THIS MONSTER. AND TO ALL OF YOU BASHING THE OTHER WOMAN SHAM ON YOU GUY'S WHAT IF IT WAS YOU OR YOUR KID IN HERE SHOES?
First of all it wouldn't happen to me... If someone was harassing me, I would not wait 2 years to complain to the city. If the city allowed it continue, I would find a new job. These allegations are coming up at election time... I find this quite odd. This is about harassment allegations and not what you or may have not "seen" with your own eyes. If you did see harassment with, as you put it "your own eyes", then shame on you for not reporting it yourself. Don't point fingers, they may point back at you!
May

Pico Rivera, CA

#21 Dec 23, 2008
I agree with Maria...you are innocent ontil you are proven guilty. Why now,why did she wait so long to do this...Mr. Mendez,name speaks for itself. He is someone that does alot of good things for alot of people. He has help alot of us. I would stand up for him for all the good things he has done. You from Santa Fe Springs,put your name out there,don't hide behind the computer. Mike Mendez goodness is everywhere,and in many hearts..If you needed a pair of shoes,x-mass tree,or food he made sure it was done. Norwalk,and Santa Fe Springs have the best city council..

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