Councilman Spicer's Wife Defends Him Against 'Bully' Accusations

The wife of Councilman Larry Spicer defended her husband Tuesday in remarks to the City Council after some of his neighbors publicly accused of him of being a neighborhood bully.

Councilman Larry Spicer's wife took to the podium during Tuesday's City Council Meeting to defend her husband against recent allegations made by neighbors that he is a neighborhood bully, calling the neighbors' comments "an effort to embarrass and humiliate" the councilman.

The neighborhood dispute first reared its head in city council chambers during the May 15 City Council meeting, when Michael Vallejo, one of Spicer's neighbors on East Atara Street, accused Spicer of being a neighborhood bully. Vallejo alleged that Spicer threatened neighbors and made racist remarks about them over the last several years.

Spicer's wife, Delphine Spicer, addressed the City Council Tuesday and said Vallejo's comments were an effort to "try to embarrass an active council member on live television.”

Vallejo told the council last month that Spicer, , has harassed the neighborhood for years. He read letters from other neighbors accusing the councilman of various transgressions.

"I feel like he plays mind games," one letter stated, as read by Vallejo. "He has yelled, threatened and made racial remarks to our children and their friends."

In one of the more unusual allegations, Vallejo read a letter stating that Delphine Spicer complained to neighbors that her husband sprayed her with a "high pressure hose." She disputed that allegation Tuesday.

Vallejo again addressed the City Council at the last City Council meeting on June 5, accusing the councilman of harassing and taunting neighbors.

"He is a 55-year-old man who is still a bully at his age," Vallejo said.

Spicer said the bad blood between her husband and Vallejo began because of an overgrown tree on Vallejo's property that extended onto her property, and the grievance escalated from there. She said she was considering taking legal action against Vallejo and other neighbors as a result of the allegations.

Holly Hale June 20, 2012 at 03:01 PM
If this guy is such a bully and has done things like spraying someone with a high pressure hose, then where is the police report proving it (I only ask because "high pressure' could actually injure someone)? I accidentally got a neighbor's gardener wet years ago when I was watering my roses and they called the cops. A battle over an overgrown tree? Come on people. If it's ratty looking trim it. If it's dying, cut it down but wasting the tax payers money in court over a tree is overkill. Sounds like everyone needs some counseling in this situation. Racist remarks in 2012 are hideous, childish and need to stop.
Gayle M. Montgomery June 20, 2012 at 04:57 PM
At first blush, Monrovia is a racially-ethnically diverse community, and none on our Council should be expressing slurs, especially against those they have been elected to or appointed to serve. That said, I am concerned because there were several letters against representing multiple neighbors and only the man's wife to represent him. Is there no other neighborhood character reference in the affirmative. My next question is why does this neighborhood debate deserve Council time except that the Councilman was a hasty appointment? Finally, are there any mediation or similar services available to this troubles street so that it does not escalate further?
Carmen Martinez June 20, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Having known Delphine for the last 29 years, and Larry through her, I find the allegations difficult to believe. As for the question on whether neighborhood disputes should be aired out during City Council meetings - completely innapropriate unless the Council members are willing to deal with ALL neighborhood disputes.
Carmen Martinez June 20, 2012 at 05:24 PM
@ Holly Hale, the court issues wouldn't be over an overgrown tree, but over the allegations.
sayitisntso June 20, 2012 at 07:11 PM
This isn't about the council hearing about a neighborhood dispute it's about the character of someone the council appointed to represent the community and they need to hear it and understand what it means. As for legal action, Good Luck with that. It would not Fly.
Miriam Childers June 20, 2012 at 08:36 PM
I have known Mr. and Mrs. Spicer for almost 30 years as well and they both are outstanding members of our community. They are actually very private and very generous with their community service, volunteering at their church and our schools. It is very sad to see them being attacked. No wonder the right people (like them) are always reticent to go into politics. I believe we are very lucky to have Larry Spicer in our City Council.
Holly Hale June 20, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Thanks for your attention to detail, Carmen.
Holly Hale June 20, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Perhaps interviewing the neighbors could clear up the miscommunication. How do we know there isn't some force at work against him. You know, a bad apple planting the seed of malcontent (like Iago in Othello). It can happen.
Carmen Martinez June 21, 2012 at 02:43 PM
@ Holly, the letter to which you are referring was an actual comment here, my guess is that between the time it hit your inbox and you came back to the Patch, the comment had been removed. My guess is that for the same reasons you are mentioning - the commentator is not using his/her name and is full of unfounded information. As a PTSA member, and an alumni of MHS, I have no clue what he/she means by "the private companies operating illegally out of public High School." Overall, the comments of this one person should not be published, and I think, he/she is best ignored. I commend the Patch for having removed them.
Holly Hale June 21, 2012 at 03:05 PM
@ Carmen, I deleted the info from my comments. It would not be the first time there was a troll on here trying to stir up trouble. My son went to MHS and I was quite pleased with the school (except for the pot smoking in the restrooms and disruption in classes by disrespectful kids that interferes with others learning). I think Mr. Jackson is a dynamite leader.
Carmen Martinez June 21, 2012 at 03:14 PM
@Sayitisntso, I agree that the council should hear about the character of someone, before an appointment. Mr. Spicer has been in office for over six months. At this point, the council hearing this particular neighborhood dispute means that they should hear all of our disputes.
Gayle M. Montgomery June 21, 2012 at 03:29 PM
@ Holly and @Carmen it may not even be the Patch or the end user deleting posts in some instances. I had an odd one happen where I got a response from someone via push notification and email. When I refreshed and went to find it, I responded that I do not see it but here is my response. I refreshed again and the original commentary was there. Coukd be server issues, cyber gremlins, editor's choice, or poster's remorse. Same thing is happening with the Facebook timeline. You can post something Nd it's not there. Post it again, and you have doubles. I exercised grandmotherly privilege and completely excised texts I had warned the Grandboy about but what do I know? Every time I thought I got rid of everything, when I refreshed, there were still more that just were not making the timeline. It took me quite a while to ensure everything was gone.
Marina Olivas June 21, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Well said Gayle.
Timothy Fisher July 04, 2012 at 05:49 PM
I know Larry Spicer through my sister and my family. He is a good man and loves the city and serving his community. My question is why is he bring this stuff up? Why is Tom Adams making things sound worst that there are? Should we look into his past to see what he is hiding. How is bringing this trash up helping the city and the people? Timothy Fisher
Holly Hale July 04, 2012 at 05:55 PM
I would like to know exactly what kind of criminal record this man supposedly has? Any public official (including POTUS) should reveal his or her records before serving. God knows teachers do (how so many pervs slip past is a mystery to me). This trashing of him is going on too long and the air needs to be cleared. The gossip needs to stop.


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