Tag Archive: Roger Hernandez

Jan 09 2013

California Assemblyman Roger Hernandez Dodges Another Flap

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Assemblyman Roger Hernandez and Speaker Perez

Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles, right, confers with Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, D-West Covina, as the Assembly debated Perez’s measure to close a corporate tax loophole and used the money for college scholarships, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. AP Photo

Last year Hernandez dodged a DUI allegation when he was found not guilty on one of the charges and the DA did not pursue an additional charge. Today’s dodge was one of domestic violence.

Prosecutors have decided not to file domestic violence charges against state Assemblyman Roger Hernandez (D-West Covina), saying there is insufficient evidence to back a former girlfriend’s allegations she was physically abused by the lawmaker, officials said Wednesday.

Hernandez also has filed court papers denying  allegations in a separate civil lawsuit by Carolina Taillon that he whipped her with a belt and bragged about using cocaine.

The decision by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office stems from an incident in October when Hernandez and Taillon got into a loud argument at the Lazy Dog Cafe in West Covina. The D.A.’s report said Hernandez said during the argument that “he was going to call police about (Taillon) threatening a member of the state Assembly.” Instead, Taillon called the police, “considering the comment as a threat to her.”

Taillon told the responding officers Hernandez had assaulted her on two separate occasions in July, “once ‘whipping her with his belt’ as he is the ‘Assembly Majority Whip,’ ” said the report by Deputy Dist. Atty. Manuel Garcia Jr.

There continues to be a civil suit in this matter and another investigation into Hernandez’s campaign finances also continues.

Stay tuned….

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Nov 02 2012

AD-48: Why Would Roger Hernandez Resign?

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Assemblyman Roger Hernandez and Speaker Perez

Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles, right, confers with Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, D-West Covina, as the Assembly debated Perez’s measure to close a corporate tax loophole and used the money for college scholarships, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. AP Photo

Frank Girardot, the editor of the Pasadena Star-News has a post up today touting California Speaker Perez’s support for Roger Hernandez and suggesting that Hernandez might resign if re-elected on Tuesday.

Clearly this most recent incident has turned some of Hernandez’s more ardent supporters into opponents. Among them is Baldwin Park City Councilwoman Marlen Garcia, who gathered a group of local women outside Hernandez’s office on Wednesday and urged him to step down.

“We have zero tolerance for such abhorrent behavior and demand his immediate resignation,” Garcia said, noting the allegations are “not new” to Hernandez. “It is high time he take responsibility for his intolerable actions.”

But the speaker will silently stand behind Hernandez.

Why?

Well actually the answer lies in the alternative. If Hernandez bows out and Gardner wins, a once sure Democrat seat goes to the GOP for the next two years.

If Hernandez can limp across the finish line – and then resign, Perez will have the opportunity to back a Democrat in a special election in 2013. Which is exactly what he should do.

Hernandez won’t be going any place if he wins on Tuesday.

I mean why should he?

Hernandez will be termed out eventually anyway and if he survives next Tuesday after facing his latest domestic abuse scandal and a not guilty verdict in a DUI trial what else could befall him?

The Democratic registration in his district and the demographics of a vast majority of Hispanic voters immunize him from a competitive election.

Speaker Perez could always strip him of his leadership position, but so what?

Roger Hernandez might actually have to be convicted of some sort of crime and be disqualified from office. Otherwise, he will keep his seat and representing his district in Sacramento.

Unless….. the voters say something else on Tuesday.

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Nov 01 2012

AD-48: Baldwin Park Councilwoman Calls for Roger Hernandez Resignation

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Oh Politics!

California Assemblyman Roger Hernandez is in trouble with allegations of domestic abuse and political rivals are there with the knife to stick it in and twist.

With two local councilwomen standing by her side, Baldwin Park councilwoman Marlen Garcia on Wednesday publicly demanded that Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, D-West Covina, resign from his post following allegations of domestic abuse revealed Monday.

Hernandez responded hours later that the allegations are politically motivated, pointing out that the Wednesday press conference was organized by his Republican opponent in the race for the 48th Assembly district.

During the press conference in front of Hernandez’s district office, Garcia said she is a former victim of domestic violence who was nearly killed by her abuser. She said she was standing up for others without a voice during National Domestic Abuse Awareness Month.

“You are not worthy to represent the good and hardworking people of this district,” Garcia said of Hernandez as she stood next to El Monte Councilwoman Victoria Martinez and Glendora Councilwoman Judy Nelson.

“You have shamed us to no end and have been an embarrassment to your constituents,” continued Garcia, who has said she used to be Hernandez’s friend and political supporter.

Hernandez, a former West Covina city councilman, responded that the pronoucements are “dirty” politics at work.

Roger Hernandez stands for re-election next Tuesday. If he loses to Republican Joe Gardner in this very Democratic district, the campaign to replace Gardner will begin.

Look to those standing in the video above to soon launch a campaign to replace Gardner.

If Hernandez wins, then he will be termed out soon, or challenged in a top two election in about 18 months.

Of course, the allegations could be proven to be bogus.

Stay tuned…..

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Oct 31 2012

AD-48: Local Elected Officials Say Roger Hernandez Has to Go?

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California Assemblyman Roger Hernandez DUI booking photo from March. He was found not guilty.

Some local elected officials in the San Gabriel Valley have had it with Democratic Assemblyman Roger Hernandez and call his conduct “troubling.”

Local elected officials on Tuesday called the domestic violence allegations lodged against Assemblyman Roger Hernandez “deeply troubling,” with one councilwoman calling for his immediate resignation.

West Covina police officers on Sunday night served Hernandez, D-West Covina, with an emergency protective order filed by a woman with whom he had a fight with at Lazy Dog Restaurant earlier that night.

In the protective order – which is similar to a restraining order – the woman alleges that Hernandez, 37, caused “visible injury” after hitting her with a belt and slamming her against a wall on July 14. She also accuses him of using cocaine. This newspaper does not identify alleged victims of domestic violence.

Hernandez, who is running for re-election Nov. 6 in the new 48th District, has denied all allegations through his attorney, Anthony Falangetti. Falangetti said the accusations are politically motivated.

Read all of the piece and this one in the Los Angeles Times about why this case has been referred from the West Covina Police to the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department for investigation.

One has to wonder if Hernandez’s district will be through with him next Tuesday.

I mean, really, cannot these voters do better?

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Oct 30 2012

AD-48: More Trouble for Roger Hernandez – Woman Files for Protective Order

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Assemblyman Roger Hernandez and Speaker Perez

Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles, right, confers with Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, D-West Covina, as the Assembly debated Perez’s measure to close a corporate tax loophole and used the money for college scholarships, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. AP Photo

More trouble for Democratic Assemblyman Roger Hernandez – on the eve of next week’s election.

A woman has filed an emergency protective order against Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, alleging that the West Covina lawmaker had physically abused her and that she feared for her safety, authorities said Monday.

About 7 p.m. Sunday, police responded to a disturbance call at the Lazy Dog restaurant in West Covina, Police Chief Frank Wills said. Hernandez had left the scene by the time authorities arrived, but the woman appeared shaken up.

“The alleged victim made the statement that she was concerned for her personal safety and that Mr. Hernandez was erratic,” Wills said.

The woman told officers that she had been the victim of a domestic violence incident in July. She then filed for an emergency protective order, which was approved by a court commissioner and served on Hernandez on Sunday. Wills said police had no report of the alleged incident from July.

Hernandez did not return a call seeking comment. His attorney, Anthony Falangetti, told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune on Monday night that the accusations were “completely false.” Falangetti said the charges were politically motivated.

“The timing of these accusations is obviously designed to hurt the Assemblyman in an election which is just a week away,” Falangetti told the newspaper. “She alleges an incident occurred back in July, but only now she comes forward for newspaper headlines within days of the election.”

Where there is smoke, there is fire?

Assemblyman Hernandez dodged a bullet this summer when he was found not guilty after being arrested with another woman for a DUI.

Then, there were stories about financial improprieties and now this.

How much will the voters in his assembly district take?

In the June primary election, Hernandez finished second to Republican, former police officer Joe Gardner in AD-48 which is a heavily Democratic registered district.

Is this an election ploy by an ex-girlfriend? Or, merely more of a pattern of poor behavior and decision making by Hernandez?

Voters in one week will be asked to make this decision.

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