The Eastsider L.A. carries a report of push coming to shove in that anger-management encounter group known as the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council. Some of the council's past meetings have been fraught with temper tantrums and shouting matches between its middle-aged members. Recently, it seems, things got a little physical as alternate member Luiza-Padilla Mavropolous claims that "[Council] President Jose Sigala bellied me like a sumo wrestler causing me to lose balance." Not only that, but Mavropolous says GEPENC treasurer Francisco Torrero called her a whore.
It sounds as though lines are being drawn in the sand -- which should become apparent tonight when, as the Eastsider points out, the council's aptly named Grievance Committee meets at the St. Paul Cathederal Center to discuss the incident.