Mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea Faces Sexual Harassment Allegations

The mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea is facing allegations of sexual harassment after several people have stepped forward with complaints. Kim Stemler with the Monterey County Vinters and Growers Association says Mayor Steve Dallas made sexual remarks toward her while they were working at a film festival.

"He leered at my chest and said something to the effect of 'Oh, you've got something on your chest, and I would wipe it off, but I can't.' And it made me feel slimy." 

That wasn't all, Stemler says Dallas took an unusual interest in her sex life, and asked about it at the event last October. 

"There was no context, it seems like it came out of the blue, he said, 'So, how's your sex life?' And that is very inappropriate for anyone to ask anyone," Stemler said.

Another accuser, Cathy Clay, says she rented a home from the mayor and says he would swing by the home unannounced to look through her windows. Clay says that when Dallas was her landlord, he would ask her pointed questions about her boyfriend, and whether or not he was staying with her in the home. 

"He originally said, you know, 'I'm not going to condone the relationship.' 'Where are you accommodating him?' and 'I hope you're not accommodating him on a nightly basis.'"

City Attorney Glen Mozingo is looking into the allegations. 

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