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Lemon Grove city councilmember David Arambula has been accused of hitting a constituent over the head with a beer bottle in a drunken rage.

On Monday, March 5, the Lemon Grove City Council is expected to reject a legal claim made by Christopher Williams for medical costs and punitive damages resulting from the assault.

According to a claim obtained by the Reader, Williams had submitted a proposal to build a marijuana dispensary in Lemon Grove. On July 14, 2017, councilmember Arambula invited Williams to his home to discuss the proposal. The complaint says Arambula was "drinking heavily."

Just after midnight, according to the claim, Williams went outside to wait for an Uber and as he was looking down at his cell phone, Arambula hit him over his left eye with a beer bottle. Arambula then allegedly "bit, kicked, punched, and choked" Williams after striking him with the bottle.

Williams was taken to the hospital.

"I suffered a serious laceration above my eye, a bite wound, a broken rib, and other injuries," reads Williams’s claim. "I required stitches and a tetanus shot in addition to other treatment. I have substantial medical bills, as well as damages for pain and suffering and lost work."

Williams filed a police report while at the hospital; however, according to the district attorney's case records, no charges were filed. Williams submitted a claim to Lemon Grove to recover his losses, the first step before filing a lawsuit.

On Monday, according to the city agenda, the council plans to deny the claim, which means a lawsuit is likely coming.

In July 2017, Arambula's former boss at a law firm he worked at filed for a restraining order against Arambula. She said that Arambula threatened to "mess her up" and destroy her business.

As reported by 10News, the restraining-order application stated that Arambula, a former Marine, had told her that "he has a severe drinking problem due to some of the things he did to people while in military counter-intelligence…. I was extremely frightened, disturbed, and intimidated by his level of intensity."

A judge later denied issuing a restraining order against Arambula.

Arambula had no comment on the accusations; Williams didn't respond to a request for comment in time for publication.

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AlexClarke March 4, 2018 @ 7:15 a.m.

It seems that Lemon Grove just can't get their act together.

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Visduh March 4, 2018 @ 2:47 p.m.

This story has some strange parts. The victim reported the assault but there was no arrest, and no charges have been filed. That is odd, unless there was some reason to think the combat was mutual or provoked.

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Dorian Hargrove March 4, 2018 @ 3:31 p.m.

Hey Visduh. Arambula couldn't respond in time for publication. The UT is coming out with a story tomorrow on it. I only had the claim and the knowledge that a police report had been filed. Thx-dH

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Markl March 7, 2018 @ 10:09 p.m.

So why would you print this without the whole story? Comes across as a hit piece generated by william's lawyer cory briggs. You sensationalized it with a case he won, but made it look like he didnt. Shame on you, shame on cory.

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Dorian Hargrove March 8, 2018 @ 7:48 p.m.

The story is Williams opted not to press charges. The DA can still prosecute if he changes his mind. This is not a hit piece. It was posted on the city's agenda. I reached out to the councilmember for comment and he declined. Thanks for the comment. dH

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Dorian Hargrove March 8, 2018 @ 7:52 p.m.

Visduh, I heard back from the Sheriff's Department. Williams chose not to press charges. The police did not submit it to the DA. Thx-dH

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Arma1 March 8, 2018 @ 9:43 p.m.

Definitely sounds like a hit piece and subpar reporting on your behalf. How much time did you give Arambula to respond? Why would you attempt to misrepresent apparently frivolous allegations made against him in an entirely different matter where he prevailed on the merits, yet you seem to insinuate something different. Anyone can make allegations; we all know this. However, we rely on you and other reporters to have integrity and to be factually driven. We don’t need parrots to regurgitate simple allegations. How much digging for the truth did you actually do or were you too lazy? This is why the Reader has lost so much readership. Be responsible. Be a professional. Shame on you and the Reader. Of your editor approved your report and still agreed to publish prematurely, then shame on your publisher.

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Klly_Wah March 9, 2018 @ 9:22 a.m.

Drinking problem and drinking heavily is far from it! I would say alcoholic! All his close colleagues know that he has a problem. Now will they bring it to light NO... The Reader is just informing the public of what this individual is capable of and bringing it to light. Everyone has seen his wacky Facebook post and the next morning they are gone? Again...Serious drinking regrets? Now maybe he did respond about these allegations on Facebook but they were gone the next day? Council member Arambula needs to call it quits.

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Ponzi June 20, 2018 @ 10:13 a.m.

Perhaps they should scrutinize their personal history more for these leadership positions. David Arambula filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 1998. There appear to be some child support matters in court filings in Orange County.

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