Gregory Salcido is the former mayor of Pico Rivera, California.

 

Politics

Salcido was elected to the Pico Rivera City Council in 1999 and served as the mayor in 2002. In both elections he ran as a Democrat​. He serves as director for the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, Southeast Water Coalition, and the Los Angeles Center for Alcohol and Drug Abuse.[2] 

Education

Salcido graduated from Whittier College with a Bachelor's degree in History and currently teaches history at El Rancho High School​.[3]


In 2010, a student of Salcido's named Savannah Kelly filed a complaint after he used harsh words against her. At the time, Savannah was 16 and she was talking to a classmate when Salcido yelled, “Shut up, Kelly, before I kill you.” [9]​ He was placed on paid administrative leave. [9]

 

Controversy

Gregory Salcido faced stern criticism for remarks he made in a classroom. One of his students secretly filmed him stating that Military personnel are the "lowest of the low"​.[3]​ He then clarified that he was referring to them having few skills and not being intellectual, not that they were morally reprehensible. 

Gregory was making the argument that the USA​ Military​ is not effective, citing their inability to defeat more primitive civilizations fighting with "ropes". [3]

"Think about the people you know who are over there [in the military]. They're your freaking stupid Uncle Louie or whatever," Salcido said in the video tape. 

"They're dumb [expletives]. They're not high level bankers, they're not academic people, they're not intellectual people," he said. "They're the freaking lowest of the low."[4]

He then went on to say they were "dumb shits".[6]

After this was leaked to the public, Salcido received paid administrative leave. The video was seen millions of times within days of its release.[6]

Kimberlie Lauto, the mother of the student who recorded Salcido, made a Facebook​ post requesting that the post go viral:

Help me make this go viral. My friends son was sporting his marine sweater while this liberal douche teacher rants about the military. The school is called El rancho high school in the city of pico rivera california. The teacher's name is Mr. Salcido. [6]

 

Personal Life

Gregory Salcido is married and has a son. He has owned several Chocolate Labradors. [7]​​