Published On: Fri, Aug 13th, 2021

El Monte Mayor Pro Tem Stripped of Title, Duties Amid Allegations She Accepted Lobbyist Funds for Breast Augmentation

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The El Monte City Council revoked Mayor Pro Tem Victoria Martinez Muela’s title during an ongoing censure process and investigation into her alleged acceptance of funds from a lobbyist to help pay for breast augmentation surgery. During a special city council meeting on Aug. 11, the council voted 3-2 to redesignate Martinez Muela’s title and adjust her current assignments. The council also unanimously voted to appoint Councilmember Alma Puente as mayor pro tem in Martinez Muela’s place. Lobbyist Sigrid Lopez and Martinez Muela were close friends, the Los Angeles Times reported, until Martinez Muela voted against retail cannabis sales in the city—a proposal Lopez advocated for. Martinez Muela also called those who supported retail cannabis “outsiders,” a term Lopez took as an insult. Lopez later signed a declaration claiming Martinez Muela accepted about $1000 in financial assistance from Lopez for breast augmentation surgery and did not disclose the money as …

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