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."