Apparently having learned a lesson from Andy Quach‘s false denial, his fellow member on the Westminster City Council Tyler Diep (pictured) decided to come clean on an issue that has not even been made public yet.
In today’s issue, Diep speaks to a reporter of Nguoi Viet Daily News (not the Bolsavik) and apologizes for his involvement in stopping an investigation of a Little Saigon drinking hole.
The events took place in February 2009, two months after Diep took office. In his public apology, Diep states that as a new council member, he was still “inexperienced” and did things he shouldn’t have.
The watering hole at issue is Citryst, at Brookhurst and McFadden. On Nguoi Viet, the owner said her place is not a “bar.” Obviously, whether something counts as a “bar,” or a “pub,” or just a plain old whatever you call place where people go to get drunk, is all in the eye of the beholder, and the Bolsavik doesn’t consider it an issue.
What happened was that Citryst was investigated by the Westminster Police Department, so the owner called Diep and asked him to do something about it. So he did.
He called the investigating officer. Then he came to see the officer in the police department on a night when the officer, Sergeant Tim Vu, was watch commander. Then he came to see the big boss, Chief Andrew Hall.
Depending on who you’re talking to, Diep was either trying to tell the police to leave Citryst alone, or as he says, he was trying to ask questions to determine what’s going on. Or something in between.
Anyway, the conversations between Diep and the sergeant was recorded on audio.
Everyone will get a chance to see if Diep was just asking questions, because apparently the Register has a copy and Diep knew it.
So Diep apologized first, hoping to head off any fall-out.