Gutierrez was the subject of negative publicity throughout 2008. He was accused of being intoxicated at a city-sponsored event, implementing improvements on the street on which his girlfriend, Graciela Solano, lives, and being arrested for domestic violence.
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- http://www.ci.el-monte.ca.us/citygov/ctycouncil/egutierrez.html[dead link]
- Lindsay William-Ross (31 May 2008). "Mayor of El Monte: He Might Grope You in Public, But He'll Get Your Road Paved!". Laist. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
- Ben Baeder (3 February 2009). "A small victory for El Monte Mayor Ernie Gutierrez". Retrieved 18 January 2013.