Councilman Huizar sued by former staffer over alleged retaliation [updated]

L.A. City Council proceedings

A former council aide has filed suit against 14th District Councilman Jose Huizar over alleged retaliation after she complained about her boss’ alleged affair with another staffer and use of employees to support his wife’s political campaign, the L.A. Times reports.

Mayra Alvarez claims, among other things, that she was demoted and penalized for taking maternity and disability leave. Her lawsuit alleged that Huizar’s mistress received favorable treatment when it came to assignments.

In addition, Alvarez. who now works for Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo,  claims that department staffers were required to help plan and launch his Richelle Huizar’s campaign to replace her husband on the council when he’s termed out of office in 2020.

The district includes all or portions of Boyle Heights, Downtown, Eagle Rock, El Sereno, Hermon, Highland Park and Monterey Hills.

Update: Huizar, in a statement released this afternoon, says  the “outlandish accusations” are “completely false” and politically motivated.

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  1. Still would much rather have this guy over Cedillo.

    • Yes, Huizar isn’t perfect but he is competent and doesn’t only care about rich people which makes him also better than David Ryu.

  2. His office used city vans to pass out earthquake preparedness bags and the kid passing them out said it was from the councilman and his wife.
    So he’s using city funds to campaign for the wife.
    She can run, but don’t use taxpayers money to campaign. It is illegal.

  3. Mayra Alvarez, the accuser, now works for Wendy Carrillo who has recently relocated to CD14 and is going to run for the council seat. Hmmmm. That doesn’t have a rancid oder at all…right?

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