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Rosemead councilman apologizes for his "old-school" ways

May 20, 2008 | 12:32 pm

Rosemead city employees received a little extra something in their May 8 paycheck. A letter of apology. Saying he was sorry if his manners might have offended, Councilman John Nunez wrote the one-page letter in response to a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a female city employee, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. The lawsuit, which was settled earlier this year, accused him of inappropriate touching and crude comments, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

"Those of you who know me also know that I'm an affectionate person of the 'old-school,'" Nunez wrote. "As many of you know, when I see friends, colleagues, and acquaintances, I often give them a warm hug, a pat on the back, or make what I consider to be a friendly comment."

Some of Nunez' political opponents said the letter is not an apology, including fellow council member Margaret Clark, who has called for his resignation.

"This letter does not apologize for anything, it just says that he was a touchy-feely guy."

-- Jesus Sanchez