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Published:December 15th, 2008 10:24 EST
Mayor Blanca Figueroa

Curfew For California Mayor

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Fed up with the nocturnal work habits of its mayor, a California city council has approved a curfew limiting how late she can work at City Hall.

South El Monte council members say they have safety and liability concerns for Mayor Blanca Figueroa, who frequently works until the wee hours of the morning. She must now leave the building by 11 p.m." The Associated Press


I have no passion for my job, and I leave skid marks driving away from the employee parking lot. But I love writing, and it`s not unusual for me to write until the wee hours of the night. I can sympathize with individuals who love what they do so much that they don`t want to leave their workstations.

Mayor Figueroa should be commended for her dedication to her profession, she doesn`t deserve the humiliation of a curfew. Contrast the mayor`s hard work ethic with President Bush who spends months each year on vacation.

It`s sexist to argue that the mayor`s curfew is prompted by safety and liability concerns. Would the council members slap a curfew on a male mayor citing safety concerns?

Shame on the South El Monte council members, and cheers for the hardworking mayor!