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Montebello Mayor Jack Hadjinian Collapses at Council Meeting, Taken Away in Ambulance




Confrontations and controversial campaign political advertisements that violated the Hatch Act are taking a toll on the Mayor.

By Brian Hews

Montebello Mayor Jack Hadjinian, apparently reeling from the rigors of running his embattled re-election campaign, fainted in the bathroom at Montebello City Hall immediately before the last night’s City Council meeting.

Attendees at the meeting told the Montebello News that Hadjinian looked fine before the meeting, but “seemed to all of a sudden bolt for the bathroom” when confronted by several veterans angry that Hadjinian cancelled a 9/11/15 celebration at City Hall because City Hall is closed on Fridays.

Mayor Hadjinian in the ambulance after fainting during  last night's City Council meeting

A picture from Mayor Hadjinian’s Facebook page showing the Mayor in the ambulance after fainting during last night’s City Council meeting

Hadjinian had a vocal confrontation with one of the veterans two weeks ago, and for this meeting, the veteran brought several of his friends to protest Hadjinian.

Attendees also cited the argument Hadjinian had with the Montebello Chief of Police over a controversial campaign mail piece he sent out last week as having placed more pressure on the Mayor.

The mail piece shows Hadjinian in front of a Montebello police car, with the police emblem clearly visible, along with a uniformed police officer.

 

The Hadjinian campaign mailer, with the police officer and the patrol car in the picture, it is a violation of the Hatch Act.

The Hadjinian campaign mailer, with the police officer and the patrol car in the picture, it is a violation of the Hatch Act.

According to the National Fraternal Order of Police, this is a violation of the Hatch Act, which is a federal offense.

The prohibitions in the Hatch Act specifically apply to officers or employees of any state or local agency. The Act targets officers and employees who use their status as a state or municipal employee to influence the outcome of any partisan election.

As it applies to the Hadjinian campaign mail piece, the Hatch Act specifically prohibits a police officer from using his name or likeness in campaign literature in the police officer’s professional capacity or engage in campaigning during working hours.

In the mailer, the officer is wearing his uniform during daytime hours, also the MPD emblem on the patrol car is clearly visible.

Simply stated a police officer cannot be wearing his or her uniform in any political advertisement.

This could explain why the Chief of Police confronted Hadjinian.

Sources tell the Montebello News that the Mayor “exercised his authority” to arrange the picture placing the officer, not Hadjinian, in violation of the Hatch Act.

As per the Hatch Act, when an officer is in violation, an employer may use the Act as a basis for terminating the officer. But more often than not, the officer is reprimanded.

Any time a federal agency learns that a state or local officer or employee violated the Act, it is required to report the matter to Special Counsel for the Merit Systems Protection Board.

Calls into Mayor Hadjinian asking about the fainting incident and the campaign mail piece went unreturned.

 

 

 

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4 Responses to Montebello Mayor Jack Hadjinian Collapses at Council Meeting, Taken Away in Ambulance

  1. Defender of Montebello Ecology Reply

    October 21, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    The citizens referendum attempt to get a vote of the people on the ballot about the proposed oil field condo project was also stymied by the insistence that the City Hall had to close at precisely 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, though the staff would reluctantly stay till 6:00 to give more time for bringing over the petitions .. which was not quite sufficient.. we did not take into account the rigidness of the City’s failure to serve the public or we would have had a court order to have the staff accept the petitions on Friday anyway, the actual day they were due…..

  2. Shaking my head Reply

    October 15, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    Sad state of affairs…..
    Juvenile tactics by an inept Mayor.
    He’s ready for Caldrons seat

  3. John K Reply

    October 15, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    What a joke this city council has been… a mayor who thinks he has power, disrespects our city and 9/11 with a lame excuse, city hall is closed. Then put’s off a mailer… give me a break. This city has been backwards managed for decades. Get it, managed? Or administrated? Think about it. Bunch of self-serving buffoons have turned Montebello into a dump.

  4. FLFF Reply

    October 15, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Wow – instant karma is taking care of things where we could not.. My heart pumps pure acid for this corrupt city destroying official!

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