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Teacher accuses councilman of 'chest-bumping' during fun run

April 25, 2011 |  7:28 am

An Estancia High School teacher accused Costa Mesa Councilman Steve Mensinger of "chest-bumping" him during a weekend community fun run, according to a police report and interviews.

"That's false, and that's contrary to witnesses I have who were at the event," Mensinger said in a phone interview Sunday afternoon.

Joel Ruben Flores, who teaches English, filed a police report that claims he saw Mensinger at the high school's Jim Scott Stadium at 8:30 a.m. Saturday between races at the fun run to help local schools and made comments disagreeing with the councilman’s decision to vote in favor of laying off more than 200 city employees.

"Nothing good can come of what you've done," Flores said, according to the police report. "Shame on you for what you've done!"

Flores, 38, said in the police report that Mensinger "got in my face," and then Flores called Mensinger "an enemy of the workers of this city."

Mensinger said it was Flores who got in his face.

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