One was a lobbyist and the other was a City Council member, but they also were best buddies who thought they had a special bond.
Sigrid Lopez and Victoria Martinez Muela traveled together on a trip to Cuba. Lopez attended her friend’s 2017 wedding. The two were like sisters, Martinez Muela said, and both were key figures in San Gabriel Valley politics.
For the record:
10:45 a.m. Aug. 1, 2021This article says Councilwoman Victoria Martinez Muela voted to approve contract extensions with Southland Transit on Jan. 24, 2017. Though city meeting minutes record Martinez Muela voting in favor of the contract, video from the meeting shows she did not participate in the vote.
But the friendship shattered when Martinez Muela, a member of the El Monte City Council, voted against allowing retail sales of cannabis in the city, a proposal that Lopez had championed.
Now, Lopez has signed a