Paul Avila

Paul Vincent Avila, an Ontario councilman, speaks during the public comment portion of Tuesday’s meeting. (Photo by David Allen)

By David Allen, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/19/14, 5:04 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

You think the situation is tense in Iraq? Try an Ontario City Council meeting.

Like a bomb that might go off if mishandled, Tuesday’s meeting proceeded in relative calm but with quiet anxiety. In the final moments, Councilman Paul Vincent Avila, whose behavior has dominated recent meetings, asked a provoking question.

City Attorney John Brown blew up at him.

And behind the scenes, Avila is the subject of a formal complaint by a fellow council member, Debra Dorst-Porada.

In her complaint, a copy of which I obtained Wednesday in a public records request, Dorst-Porada said that on May 24 at the International Council of Shopping Centers conference in Las Vegas, she was in the hotel lobby when she heard her name. She turned to see Avila, who was also registered for the conference.

Avila allegedly asked her: “Are you going to be my hooker for the night?”

Oh my.

“I said ‘no’ and immediately walked away from him. He was laughing and had a big grin on his face. I was very upset that he would say this to me. His statement made me feel distressed and I teared up,” Dorst-Porada wrote.

Avila and Dorst-Porada served together previously on the Ontario-Montclair School Board and her complaint notes that he “called me and other board members unflattering names.”

(I was at a board meeting on Sept. 4, 2008, when Avila called Dorst-Porada “a bag of lies” and “an evil person,” called another board member a foul name and compared the teachers union to “cancer” and “the plague” while saying teachers “come into this district like vampires.” Rereading those comments made me tear up. That was a great meeting.)

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