Ontario will pay former city councilor more than $28,000 to settle claim

Then-Councilor Freddy Rodriguez reads a prepared statement in 20201 responding to an ongoing protest by former councilor Marty Justus during council meetings. (The Enterprise/FILE)

ONTARIO – Former Ontario City Councilor Marty Justus will receive more than $28,000 from the city to settle a potential lawsuit regarding allegations he was defamed last year by two city leaders and his First Amendment rights were violated.

The Ontario City Council approved the settlement on a unanimous vote during its April 12 regular meeting.

Under the terms of the agreement the city’s insurance – Citycounty Insurance Services – will pay $14,000 of the settlement. Former city attorney Larry Sullivan’s professional liability insurance will pay $14,000.

According to the settlement, “This agreement is not an admission by any party of any labiality or wrongdoing whatsoever to . . .