Recall drive homes in on signature goal as Ontario businesses host petition

Councilor Freddy Rodriguez reads a prepared statement responding to an ongoing protest by former councilor Marty Justus during a recent meeting of the Ontario City Council. (The Enterprise/Liliana Frankel)

ONTARIO – A petition to recall Freddy Rodriguez from his position as Ontario city councilor has collected the majority of the 494 signatures needed to bring the matter to a public vote. 

Cydney Cooke of Ontario, the chief petitioner, said that as of Friday, April 29, only 100 signatures were needed for the petition to reach its initial goal. 

“We really want to get closer to 600 signatures,” said Marty Justus, a former city councilor who has been involved with the recall effort.

He explained that some of the signatures are likely to be thrown out by the county clerk as invalid, such as a voter . . .