El Monte City Council To Initiate Independent Review Of Lifeguard Firings
Andrew Paul Bettridge, Staff Writer/Staff Photographer
September 19, 2012 • 1,127 views
El Monte, CA- During Tuesday night’s regularly scheduled city council meeting, City Hall was overflowing with supporters and opponents to the firing of 14 El Monte lifeguards after they created their own parody of the “Gangnam Style” video by PSY from South Korea. As the crowds packed the city council chambers, seats were added outside in the hallways and outside city hall to accommodate all attendees.
With over 25 residents wishing to speak on matters in the city council agenda, that night most were covering the firing of the 14 life guards.
El Monte High School Cheer Squad came out to support their coach and former aquatic center manager Gabriel Gomez. They spoke of how dedicated Mr. Gomez has always been to his work, often putting aside his own personal needs to devote time and energy where necessary.
The City Council has launched an independent review of policies and the firings of the former life guards in question.
Check back for updates in the coming days and weeks on this matter which started locally and now has become and international issue, bringing over 1.5 million views to their “Lifeguard Style” video.