Sheriff’s Deputies Called to Break Up Brawl Between Two Elected Officials

Riverside County Sheriff’s Department deputies were forced to use their taxpayer-funded resources May 18 to respond to a brawl between two members of the City of Commerce City Council, Leonard Mendoza and Ivan Altamirano. CBS Los Angeles reported that during a conference for local officials at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort and Spa, “It’s unclear how the melee started or what touched it off, but officials say at least two councilmen got into it physically and punched each other … (and) as many as five others jumped in. … Seven people were involved but all seven were described as ‘uncooperative’ when deputies arrived. One person was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.”

Typically, local government officials use taxpayer dollars to attend this type of conference, including travel expenses and the cost of staying at a facility that features “deluxe amenities” including “stylish oversized guestrooms, boasting private balconies with scenic resort views.”

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