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Carmel >> Allegations levied against Carmel Mayor Steve Dallas by the head of the Monterey County Vintners Growers Association that he has repeatedly harassed and acted inappropriately toward her has prompted an investigation and led another woman to speak out about Dallas.
It was Nov. 29 when Kim Stemler, executive director of the wine industry trade group, reported the mayor inappropriate and unwelcome sexual in nature comments to City Administrator Chip Rerig, who then referred her to the city human resources director and city attorney.
Stemler said that while the mayor has always acted appropriately in the confines of City Hall, he has sexualized conversation and occasionally bullies her when the two have seen each other at events. Stemler job often requires her to attend industry related events in the community.
is pervasive behavior since I known him, said Stemler, noting she first met Dallas in 2014 when he came onto the City Council. has a way of just being slimy.
For example, at the opening night reception of the Carmel Film Festival in October, Stemler said Dallas introduced her to a friend of his and in cordial conversation asked if she knew what he did for a living. Dallas then interjected: a fluffer, referring to the term for a person hired to arouse male pornography actors before the camera rolls when filming. He later turned to a friend of Stemler in a nearby group and said, Kim what a fluffer is.
he leers at my chest the way he does often in this bombastic, slimy way, she said.
have told him many times, rolled my eyes and walked away, recounted Stemler, 53, about how she has reacted to Dallas comments and shrugged them off. have never yelled at him or been extraordinarily forceful.
Stemler said she was hesitant to come forward with a complaint for fear of retribution toward the business and activities put on by the Monterey County Vintners Growers Association.
She also wanted to protect the privacy of her family and the city.
really like Carmel and didn want it to look bad, said Stemler, he can make things bad for our tasting rooms. only reason I talk to him is because he the mayor and because of my work, she added.
While Dallas did not return calls from The Herald, Stemler said Carmel City Attorney Glen Mozingo notified her Dec. 13 that her complaint needed to be formal and become public and that a private investigator would be hired to look into it. And by email Friday, Human Resource Manager Maxine Gullo said is an ongoing investigation by the City Attorney Office. 11px;
since Stemler public complaint, a former rental tenant of Dallas Cathy Clay, has contacted the city with her complaints about Dallas.
Clay, who rented a home from Dallas and his mother in 2012, recalled that when she later asked what needed to be done to add her boyfriend who was moving in with her to her lease, she said Dallas replied: he going to sleep? and rejected her request, saying they revisit it when the one year lease was up.
Later, he made the comment hope you not accommodating the priest on a nightly basis, to Clay, referring to Clay and her boyfriend, who at the time was a pastoral candidate.
Among other complaints, Clay said Dallas would come by every other week with gardeners and look into her windows and ask her why her bathroom windows weren open. After questioning her about a certain car parked in front of her home, she came to the conclusion he was watching her house.
bullies and harasses, said Clay, who eventually sought mediation in regards to her lease and later started the process to get a restraining order but never finished it. literally violated my rights all over the place.
Clay, who no longer lives in Carmel, said she was disgusted when he was elected mayor.
agreed to come forward because when I was going through this I so desperately wanted to make it stop it affected all aspects of my life and I didn have other women I was aware of that had experienced his behavior, said Clay. he continued this behavior in a professional setting. who sent an email to the city letting them know she be willing to talk with them about her experiences with Dallas said she has yet to hear back. She also noted all her claims are verified through public record.
For her part, Stemler said she hopes that Dallas either resigns or is forced out of office.
think about this a lot I think it a civil rights issue. It about the ability to do business in a community without having to be verbally harassed, said Stemler. me, the MeToo movement has helped me to realize that I don need to be treated that way. I think it a re training for all women and men now. also said that she hopes a community forum will be held in the future to address future policy in the city when reporting such a matter.
somebody that is a non city employee, there is no way of reporting an elected official without going public with a complaint there no process for this kind of reporting and I think legally, we need to change that.