Villaraigosa Staffer Placed On Administrative Leave After Alleged Attack

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A staffer in Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s has been placed on administrative leave after her arrest for allegedly attacking police officers at a Los Angeles nightclub.

Blanca Martinez-Navarro, a program manager for the mayor’s gang reduction and youth development office, was booked Sunday — along with her husband Oscar Navarro — for battery on a peace officer, police Lt. Jim Gavin says. She was later released on $20,000 bail.

Gavin says police received a call about a domestic disturbance at the downtown club the Conga Room. He says the husband attacked officers when they arrived, and Martinez-Navarro jumped on the back of one of the officers and began hitting him as they took her husband into custody.

Villaraigosa Chief of Staff Jeff Carr tells the Los Angeles Times Martinez-Navarro was put on administrative leave, but had no further comment.

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    Is this leave with pay?

    • Duh!

      Doubtful as she is a government employee.

    • Rick

      Absolutely with pay!!!

  • GC1008

    Good question, Man. Obviously if she’s attacking police officers she should resign or be fired, not get a paid vacation.

  • Liz

    Wow, I though she had stolen something from the city, but is this story suppose to be news worthy? Do we really care what happens to city employees’s personal life outside of their work? I don’t. How about you?

    • Marissa

      She is (or was) a public employee for the city of Los Angeles. We the taxpayers are paying her salary so we have a right to know.

    • ES

      I guess moral character doesn’t mean anything to you.

    • Karen

      Wow. I am surprised that a taxpayer would agree that a person whose day job involves working with the police would be OK with that public employee assaulting a police officer on her free time.

  • Den

    She should be convicted for assault on a peace officer, aiding a suspect and interfering while a peace officer was performing his duty. Let’s see if her fellow Latin brother mayor terminates her.

    • Marissa

      So far it’s only battery on a peace officer. There should be more charges. How much do you want to bet that the charge will be dropped

      • Karen

        Do you realize that the news reported that she jumped on the back of this cop? SHE NEEDS TO BE FIRED. She is simply out of control.

  • Rick

    Wow assault a Police officer and you get a automatic paid vacation got to love those union sweetheart contracts” work union live better”.

  • Karen

    “A program manager for the mayor’s gang reduction and youth development office” who attacks a police officer NEEDS TO BE FIRED IMMEDIATELY.

    Or she needs to resign immediately.

  • larry h

    I am not surprised at her. City employees are thiefs anyway! They steal their salaries by not doing anything and think they can get away with anything stupid they do just because they work for the city. She’ll be back at her job by tomorrow and no charges will be filed. Villaraigosa will ask her for a booty call and she will get her job back! Just wait and see!

  • john doe

    I agree with Liz, thats her own personal life, i really dont care, how many of you hypocrites also act stupid when drunk…..besides LAPD sometimes are diks we dont know the full story

    • Mark

      Sorry Joe , Only stupid criminals attack cops when drunk.

    • ES

      Sorry John, there are plenty of individuals that are able to control their alcohol consumption and refrain from violence. Please, do not assume this is normal behavior.

      • lawsdontapply

        Just like the sherrif’s christmas party where they got drunk and had a brawl !!!

  • Mark

    Al these gang intervention programs are corrupt. Gang members are criminals and so are their program directors. If we want to get rid of gangs tell the kids the truth. Gang members are lozers. They dress like clowns. Dont be pathetic.

  • joker

    imagine if we could all beat up cops and get paid doing it now thats the perfect life

  • geeM

    Well Liz and john doe, apparenty if alcohol and “personal lives” are involved that’s a blank check do do whatever you want. Battery of a Police officer, drunk in public, etc.
    I suppose hit and run should be ignored too if alcohol is in involved, and the police are just “diks”.

  • Jose

    How could she not know that it was LAPD?

  • Steve

    No wonder LA has so many issues when it comes to gangs and troubled youth. Look who the F is supposed to be in charge…silly and ridiculous…fire her ass and throw her jack-ass of a husband in jail. This is really pathetic, nice role model for our youth…lol

  • vince

    What is updated status of Blanca?

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