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El Monte to vote on re-hiring lifeguards fired over 'Gangnam Style' spoof video


Three of the fired El Monte lifeguards in the video that caused their demise.


A screen shot of El Monte lifeguards spoofing a Korean viral music video.


Several of the fired El Monte lifeguards in the video that caused their demise.


One of the fired lifeguards (l) and Korean pop star Psy (r) dancing along to the summer hit.

El Monte Mayor Andre Quintero tossed a lifesaver to some former employees when he motioned early Wednesday morning to reinstate the lifeguards who were fired this summer over their playful "Gangnam Style" video. 

At the end of a five-hour long El Monte City Council meeting that started Tuesday evening, Mayor Quintero said he was willing to bring back the 14 lifeguards. But due to council rules, because his motion was not on the agenda, the council could not yet vote to bring back the young lifegaurds to the year-round pool.

"At the end of the day we have to continue to manage an aquatic facility that is widely used by senior citizens, young families, people in our community who really enjoy the facility," the Mayor told KPCC on Thursday.

"But there were some issues that were raised about the management of the facility that were troubling," he continued. "And I'm hoping that we'll get some good cooperation from these young people to make sure that we do a very thorough review of the management of the aquatic facility about some of the issues that they raised so that we can have that very positive environment for people to work in and for our residents to enjoy the facility." 


Police release details of El Monte man's death following altercation with police

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A memorial outside the home of Khoa Anh Le, who died after an altercation with El Monte police.

The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department has released information on 37-year-old Khoa Anh Le, who died June 14  after an altercation with El Monte Police. The department is investigating the incident.

Police were called to Le's home, which he shared with family, around 11:00 Thursday evening. Le had allegedly been fighting with his father and police decided to detain him on suspicion of elder abuse.

According to the sheriff's department, police had been to the home twice in the past on similar calls in 2005 and 2006. Both times, Le was taken into custody for mental observation (commonly known as a 5150 hold). In once instance, LASD says Le stabbed his brother.

When police arrived at his home Thursday, they say Le was coming out of a make-shift bedroom in the garage. When two officers entered and tried to detain Le, they say he immediately resisted and assaulted officers. In the scuffle that allegedly ensued between Le and police, Le was hit with a flashlight once, a baton three times, and a taser once, before being put in a carotid restraint (a form of choke hold) and handcuffed.