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Ontario’s new mayor wrangles over committee appointments

Ontario mayor Riley Hill boosted the tension during a city council work session last week as he pushed to get his choices onto the city budget committee. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

ONTARIO - Within two hours of assuming his new office, Ontario Mayor Riley Hill got into his first political fight.

It was with his city councilors.

When Hill took the oath of office as Ontario’s new mayor during the city council work session last Thursday, he was joined by newly elected councilors Freddy Rodriguez, Michael Braden and Dan Capron in pledging allegiance to constituents for their four-year terms.

After the inauguration, tensions soon became evident between Hill and the councilors as they went through what are ordinarily routine appointments of citizens to various city committees.

It began with the mayor’s appointments for the . . .