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Signature gathering begins for recall of Ontario Councilor Rodriguez

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

ONTARIO - Signature gathering is underway to force a special city vote to recall Ontario City Councilor Freddy Rodriguez.

The necessary documents were recently filed and accepted at the state Elections Division, and “the petitioner is currently collecting signatures,” said Ontario City Recorder Tori Barnett.

The chief petitioner, Ontario resident Vernon Denison, listed five reasons in his petition for seeking to recall of Rodriguez, who has served on the council 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 . . .