Effort to recall Ontario Councilor Rodriguez close to gathering signatures

Ontario Councilor Freddy Rodriguez speaks at the Black Lives Matter rally at Ontario City Hall on June 4. (Rachel Parsons/The Enterprise)

The move to recall Ontario City Councilor Freddy Rodriguez is moving ahead and signature gathering to force a special city vote could begin soon.

The necessary documents have been filed and accepted at the state Elections Division, said Ontario City Recorder Tori Barnett.

The chief petitioner, Ontario resident Vernon Denison, listed five reasons he is demanding a recall of Rodriguez, who has served in the office since January 2019.

Denison cited Rodriguez’s “Extensive criminal past spanning multiple state[s], which was never revealed during the campaign prior to voting” and said he  is “constantly late for city council meetings.”

He also said in one instance that Rodriguez “bullies, harasses . . .