The Mayor of Lathrop will be investigated by a grand jury after allegations were brought forward that he acted inappropriately towards one of the city’s female employees.

The claims against the mayor are as unusual as they were inappropriate. The employee described one inappropriate interactions involving a conversation that involved talk that the mayor should only say to his wife. She alleges that the mayor also called her “baby.”

However, if true, the other situation, which involved the mayor licking a rubber band the employee had just held, might take the cake for unusual advances.


Lathrop Mayor J. “Chaka” Santos is facing accusations of misconduct from a city employee, and addressed those accusations at a City Council meeting Monday evening.

Santos says he wants to let a grand jury clear his name.

“From my heart to all of you guys, what happened, happened.  And all I can say is that, if you decide to do so, let the Grand Jury decide, and let them decipher what is going on,” the mayor said.  He also said he doesn’t want the situation to paint Lathrop in a negative light.

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