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Letter to the Editor
Ruffled Feathers after City Council Meeting As reported in the June 8 Edition of the LCCN, a tense discussion after a recent City Council meeting between two politically active individuals ended with harsh words and physical contact leading to accusations and threats of possible legal actions. As a seven-year, volunteer mediator
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Barrows calls resident A**hole A**hole! A despicable word when, used towards a person, will likely initiate some kind of negative response. But that is what Cerritos Mayor pro tem Bruce Barrows said to a resident of Cerritos because Barrows disagreed with him during a conversation after the June 4, 2012 council meeting. This statement is in the Cerritos Sheriff’s police report. A report that interviewed the Cerritos resident, Barrows and a witness. Actually the witness reported Barrows called the resident a F***** A**hole. Analyze the statement. What kind of person-who is a public servant no lesswould call a resident-an active resident-
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that in public. With witnesses present? Even if you are in a disagreement with someone, calling them an A***hole will increase the chances that things are not going to go well after that. In two witness statements, which includes Barrows, after Barrows called the Cerritos resident an A**hole, the resident said, “at least your wife likes me”. Which is where the incident went awry. Barrows admitted in the report that he “lost control” after the wife statement, pushed the resident on the shoulder and then “walked away”. Yet, the resident and witness both said it went farther than that, with Barrows grabbing the shirt and tie and pushing him against the wall. In the fluff Press Telegram story dated 6/5/12 "Barrows denied allegations by Gray that he had made other physical contact." So there is no question that Barrows
called the resident an A***hole and assaulted him. The only question is the level of assault. Can you imagine what would happen if an LA County Supervisor called a resident an A**hole after a meeting? Can you imagine what would happen if a California Assemblyperson called a resident an A**hole after a meeting? Can you imagine what would happen if a Congressperson called a resident an A**hole after a meeting? And they did this with witnesses? Why is it OK that Barrows did it? Where is the outrage Cerritos? If Cerritos mayor pro tem Barrows can call a Cerritos resident a A**hole for a simple disagreement and then accost that person, what is next? We can all just F***** imagine. The Cerritos Sheriff’s report of the incident can be viewed at loscerritosnrews.net.
didate from keeping his promises.” “That’s true,” he said, “but back in Fruitcake, the candidate tries to explain why he can’t keep his commitment.” He paused for a moment, “but when he doesn’t even try to explain and just keeps silent, it begins to look like he only made the promises just to gain support.” My Friend from Fruitcake had a point. “You know what happens? He asked. “His supporters eventually turn against him and he suddenly finds himself marginalized.” He paused a moment. “His so called new friends are just using him under the guise of harmony. We had that happen a few years ago. A candidate running for the Fruitcake city council promised his supporters he would straighten things out in city hall.” “What happen?” I asked. “He took the easy way out and didn’t do a thing. Nothing changed.” “What did his supporters do? “They turned against him and pulled their support away from him. The next election three seats were open. His former
supporters backed three reformed candidates. When the election was over and new majority took over a he was marginalized. When his term was ended he failed in his bid for re-election. I sat back in my chair, silently going over in my mind what he had just said. “What doe that has to do with Hawaiian Gardens?” I asked. “If you don’t know, I certainly don’t know,” he replied. My Friend from Fruitcake, Florida got up to leave, then sat back down in his chair. “You know, “ he said, “Politics is the same no matter where you live. If you don’t keep your promises or at least try to keep them, you wind up alone. No one will trust your word again. It’s true in Fruitcake and here in California. I think Hawaiian Gardens voters know what is going on. This time my Friend from Fruitcake, Florida got up from his chair and said, “Well, I have to go. I’m having lunch with our friend, “VAL LYNDER, DEFENDER OF ALL THAT IS TRUE.”
filed a “failure to prosecute” procedure last Friday. “The District Attorney will not file charges against Mayor pro tem Bruce Barrows,” Trujillo told LCCN. “The DA will refer the case per policy to a Office Hearing Program. The case will be handled internally and informally in our office,” stressed Trujillo. According to one website, Open Hearing is an administrative hearing that is conducted as an alternative to a misdemeanor criminal prosecution in Los Angeles County. The City Attorney Hearing Program is used as an alternative to criminal prosecution. A hearing officer (not an attorney) conducts this type of administrative hearing and there is no judge or jury present at the hearing. Witnesses for the defendant and or the alleged victim may testi-
fy at the hearing. Evidence presented by either side is considered by the hearing officer. At the end of the hearing, the hearing officer will determine whether to recommend to the City Attorney to proceed with criminal prosecution, dismiss the matter, or the hearing officer could leave the case open for one year before completely closing out the criminal case. Gray and Barrows went head to head in a heated exchange at the Monday June 4 Cerritos City Council Meeting during public comments. Barrows said he was “defending the honor of his wife Teresa.” Gray said the he was a “victim of assault” and that Barrows needs to admit “the truth” to “himself” and “the community.” Cerritos resident Chris Fuentes lashed out at Barrows at the meeting and demanded the
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Barrows Alleged Assault Case Headed to DA’s Office Hearing Program The Los Angeles County District Attorney has decided not to seek felony charges against Cerritos Mayor Pro Tem Bruce Barrows after an alleged altercation involving resident and city council critic Jay Gray, but the embattled official is not out of the crosshairs of legal authorities. Mario Trujillo, Assistant District Attorney confirmed to Los Cerritos Community Newspaper on Monday afternoon that his office will not move forward on the matter after Gray
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