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Local Assemblyman Hit By Controversy Over Visit To Ranch In Middle Of Labor Dispute

Posted on Friday, April 6, 2012 2:41pm

A local assemblyman is denying allegations that he posed as a union official to enter a Ventura County farm which has been hit be a labor dispute.

A spokesman for Democratic Assemblyman Das Williams of Santa Barbara says Williams was asked to visit Montalvo Farms by constituents.

Staff member James Joyce says Williams clearly identified himself to security guards at the ranch as “their assemblyman”, and that they let him onto the property, where he spoke to workers, and distributed his business card.

The Ventura County Agricultural Commission says it filed a complaint with the Assembly Ethics Committee over the visit, claiming that Williams posed as a United Farm Workers representative, and wore UFW identification.

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