Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/05/2012 03:59:31 PM PST
Updated: 12/05/2012 09:47:15 PM PST
ONTARIO – Paul Vincent Avila’s first meeting as a councilman may have provided a glimpse of what is to come during his tenure.
Avila, who ousted veteran Councilwoman Sheila Mautz in the Nov. 6 general election, went on a more than 10-minute, self-described “rant” Tuesday night. He talked about everything from his no-cost council campaign to the ego of one of his colleagues.
After being sworn in, the longtime and often outspoken Ontario-Montclair School District board member was fairly mum through most of the agenda items.
But at the end of the meeting, when each of the council members have an unspecified amount of time to talk, Avila admitted that he wanted to engage in a discussion on some of the items, but decided against it because he felt the evening belonged to Mautz. The former councilwoman was feted at the council meeting.
“Tonight, it was Sheila’s night,” he said. “Next meeting it’s going to be a different ballgame all together.”
The remarks were met with nervous laughter from some council members while others were red in the face, but Avila said the council should not view his comments as a threat.
During his comments, Avila at times did stray off the topic from his appointment.
He told those in attendance about his childhood, having to learn the Socrates method and addressed the Mexican Americans in the city, who Avila said came out from “behind the shadows” to help get him elected.
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