Larry Spicer Apologizes to Monrovia Council, Community at Large

July 5th, 2012 by Susan Motander

Larry Spicer. – File Photo by Terry Miller


By Susan Motander

Published: Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

At the Regular Meeting of the Monrovia City Council on Tuesday, July 3, Council Member Larry Spicer addressed the controversy about the conflict in his neighborhood. In the past two months, claims and counter claims have been made about Spicer and his relationship with his wife and children, and his behavior toward his neighbors. AS a result of these accusations, Council Member Tom Adams had begun to call for Spicer’s resignation in the last few days. The following is the text of Spicer’s comments to his fellow council members and the community as a whole:

“First, I would like to apologize to the Mayor, this City Council, our Community and the people involved, for my indiscretions. Some 30 years ago I made mistakes that I am not proud of. But I am glad that I learned from them and feel, by legal standards at least, that I have paid my debt to society.

My reasons for not publicly disclosing many of the details about the DUI and credit card violations is because I paid what I was fined, served probation, turned my life around and started giving back to the community by serving others. After which, I petitioned the court to have those two incidents expunged. This was granted by the judge on July 23, 1992 at 9AM ( section 1203.4 of the Penal Code).

“The definition of expunge is to erase or remove completely; to blot out or strike out. That was my rationale for not disclosing that when questioned by the press.

“The incident involving my daughter and my spouse were reduced to a lesser charge. I completed counseling for anger management and parenting as the court required.

“My past has helped me to become a better person, a better spouse, a better father, and groomed me to be a mentor and community servant. As evidence that I am different man today than I was 30 years ago I ask you to consider: my 20 years of marriage, three beautiful children that I love and who love me, All three have all been exceptionally successful. I measure their success by their academic and social achievements. One is entering her junior year at a University of California campus. My son has demonstrated strong leadership abilities at his elementary & middle schools with expectations to be a high achiever in high school this fall. My youngest daughter is probably the most educationally gifted in our family.

“I am a lifelong learner. My formal education was delayed until I retired with 21 years in the United States Army. Once I made certain my children got a head start, I returned to college and earned an Associate’s degree this Spring.

“I’ve spent the better part of my entire adulthood trying to do things in the community to make this city a city we all can be proud of….

“Though many of my contributions are not headliners, I have worked diligently to better my city by helping youth get out of gangs, preventing young persons from joining gangs, helping with community clean-up projects, being trained, teaching and implementing the MAP program, participating as a Monrovia Unified School District’s Watch Dog Dad, and serving on the Community Mediation Team (CMT) to reduce crime in the Monrovia Duarte and L A County area.

“Yes, I made some poor choices past. But I have worked continuously to atone for those choices and hope this Council and community will allow me to continue to contribute.

“When appointed to serve on the City Council, I accepted with the intent to do the best I could. As God is my witness, I am still resolved to do that.

“Again, Council and community, I apologize to you for my past actions and for not making this statement earlier. Monrovia is my home and is dear to my heart…”

Spicer was not without supporters at the meeting. Former Mayor Bob Bartlett spoke in support of Spicer as did former Duarte Mayor and Council Member Lois Gaston, MAP Leader Betty Thomas, attorney Ernesto Gonzales and Businessperson Pam Fitzpatrick. Also supporting him was his wife, Delphine.

Click on the Link Below for the PDFs of the complaints from neighbors


One Response to Larry Spicer Apologizes to Monrovia Council, Community at Large

  1. Danyell Naomi Spicer Reply

    March 29, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    All of my life my father has not been their for me when I was younger I did not even know that I haid a brother until one of my older cuzins told me I donot wanted to give her name but when I first went to jail he told my mather Naomi Golden calls and tells him and told he to not call him so I calls from jail and it said collect call from Danyell and he hungup in my face so I calls back and I heard him say that why she calling me for I’m sending her nothing but his brother Sam spicier all ways came by for my birthday every year now I’m 35 years old me and my brother javin more I call my dad and ask him can he help me because I’m homeless I calls And told him what hapind how I lost my place he said that he was going to call the the family our uncale Sam his brother he said he was going to call me back I have not got no phone calls from my dad I now that my dad do not like me and so he donot care that I’m on the streets he will not even give me a dollar he could not tell you how many grandchildren. Do he have By Danyell Spicier people I went to school with can tell you about my father but you give Larry Spicer. Citycouncilman of Monrovia a man that donot care a bout his Daughter and her family being on the streets I asks him for help and he hung up on me so I left a message on his house phone and told him that this is from a hurting. Daughter that is asking her father for help but this is the man you wante for citycouncilman of Monrovia my father Larry Spicer he told you all only a bout his family that he lives with and his kids but he has use to me and my Brother I went to Monrovia high school to this man should not be city councilman of Monrovia all I ever wanted was my father to love me like he loves his atheir kids we all need help some time just because I’ve been in jail before so he acts like he do not now me it hurts when a family memmber calls me and tells me that mydad is running for city council man of Monrovia this is the man you wanted Monrovia all he haid to do is help me by for now P.S Danyell Naomi Golden

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