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In an emotion-charged Ontario City Council meeting, Rodriguez confronted about personal conduct

Council President Freddy Rodriguez at City Hall on Thursday, March 4, 2021. (Liliana Frankel/The Enterprise)

3/9: This story has been updated with comments from councilors.

ONTARIO – Seven citizens urged Ontario city councilors to act against once of their own last week, going public with allegations against Councilor Freddy Rodriguez that provided a shocking opening to normally staid proceedings.

The most dramatic moment at the meeting of Thursday, March 4, came when a former councilor, Marty Justus, drove from his home while the meeting was in progress to rebut Rodriguez's remarks suggesting Justus was a pedophile.

Justus, whose term expired in January, held the rest of the councilors responsible for what was unfolding.

“Shame on you all,” he said.

After public comments ended, Rodriguez stepped from his council seat . . .