Lynwood, CA – In an interview to Spanish publication Porvenir Latino, current Mayor Leticia Vasquez denies having had a relationship with Paul Richards, and affirms “Ni lo conozco” (“I don’t even know him”). Vasquez tells the newspaper that the only contact she had with Richards, was when she was elected, and that Richards congratulated her in a very respectful and educated manner.
Although the Compton Bulletin on a different interview indicated that she had been born and raised in Compton, Vasquez informed Porvenir Latino that she knew about Paul Richards because “Como nací y me desarrollé en esta ciudad, sabía de la existencia de Richards, quien era alcalde y concejal, pero nunca tuve una relación personal con él, nunca una conversación sobre asuntos de la ciudad.” (I was born and grew up in this city, that’s how I knew about Paul Richards, who was Mayor and councilmember, but I never had any relationship with him, never a conversation regarding City issues.).
Vasquez tells the newspaper that she will give recall proponents a legal response and tells that she will be more aggressive, although she [believes she] shouldn’t defend herself because she hasn’t done anything. Vasquez states that the accusations are false and calumnious.
Article Title: "Me calumnian sin base"
Newspaper: Porvenir Latino
Date: June 3, 2006