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Man Collapses While Demanding Indicted Council Member’s Resignation

January 6th, 2010 by Terry Miller

Wong as she appeared in a Los Angeles Courtroom last year – Photo by Terry Miller

More Drama In Temple City Council Chambers

Temple City resident Jeffrey Briggs collapsed Tuesday evening at the bi-weekly meeting of City Council where he had come to offer his judgment on council member Judy Wong during the meeting’s public comment period.

Wong has pleaded not guilty to a litany of felony charges including bribery and perjury, all of which arose from accusations that she accepted bribes in return for supporting Randy Wang’s $75 million Piazza Mall project intended for construction at the corner of Rosemead and Las Tunas Blvd.

Wong could face 10 years in prison if convicted.

Briggs was evidently upset that Judy Wong was still on the City Council considering the allegations levied against her. Wong has said consistently said she will not resign her council position.

“She does not have the right to further harm Temple City,” Briggs said before he collapsed at the podium.

According to reports, Briggs buckled to the ground in the midst of his impassioned plea. He subsequently hit his head on the council chamber wall. Paramedics were called and he was transported to a nearby hospital in San Gabriel. Briggs was taken to San Gabriel Community Hospital. He was listed in critical condition according to a hospital spokesperson.

7 Responses to Man Collapses While Demanding Indicted Council Member’s Resignation

  1. TC Resident Reply

    January 6, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Jeffrey Briggs said what many residents in this city wanted to say. It was very sad what happened last night.

  2. Jim C. Reply

    January 6, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    Let’s not forget Code Enforcement Officer Brian Arizumi who brought the breathing pack from the office to help Mr. Briggs. He and sheriff’s personell started CPR prior to the paramedics arriving.
    Great job guys!

  3. TC Resident Reply

    January 7, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Jim,

    Thank you for mentioning that.

  4. diane Reply

    January 14, 2010 at 11:06 am

    The fact that Ms. Wong will not step down speaks to the arrogance of her situation. Her concern is not for Temple City but for her own benefit.

  5. The Real Person Reply

    January 20, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    My gratitude to those that assisted me and prayed for me at the time of my greatest need is beyond words, but please let me say:

    To Jeff Lynn of Pro Tint on Rosemead in TC, Officer Arizumi, Sergeant Osterman, Dan Arrighi and the LA County Paramedics whose rapid response not only preserved my life, but insured no damage at all resulted from oxygen deprivation, I wish to express my sincere thanks and those of my family.

    To Dr. Edwin Yih Jen Kok of Southern California Heart Centers whose dedication and optimism helped my family through my darkest days in undiscovered country, you are a great credit your noble profession – that of a healer – and I honor you.

    To the physicians and nurses at LA USC CCU, I live through your efforts as well.

    Many, many thanks to those of our little community of Temple City and beyond that have wished me well.

    To those that prayed for me…your prayers are strong.

    To those that rushed to my aid… your skills are great.

    To those that share with me the best wishes for our innocent little town and for our world, I promise to try to do some good each day of my life for how well I know, it could be my last.

    Thank You all so very, very much.

    Jeffrey Briggs January 19, 2010

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