By Monica Solano, Staff Writer
Posted: Mar 23, 2017 at 3:43 PM
Updated: Mar 23, 2017 at 3:47 PM
VICTORVILLE — Forty-eight hours after a City Council meeting that featured threats of legal action, heated arguments on the dais and the request for more law enforcement to help maintain order, city officials didn’t mince words in offering their reactions.
Mayor Gloria Garcia told the Daily Press she “felt embarrassed” at how the meeting turned out, saying that in all her years on the Council she’d never seen it get so out of hand.
“(Councilwoman Blanca Gomez) doesn’t want to understand,” said Garcia, who repeatedly banged her gavel in attempts to cut off Gomez and at one point told her “your day is coming.”
Garcia threatened several times to have members of audience removed for applauding or speaking out during the meeting. At one point she had to call for a five-minute recess after going back and forth with Gomez over proposed City Council guidelines and procedures for issuance for ceremonial recognition items.
Gomez took issue with the proposal, which essentially would give Garcia control over who would present such recognition items to residents and businesses.
“I’m sorry, but you guys didn’t elect the mayor, it was elected between us,” Gomez said Tuesday night. “You guys elected each single one of us to represent your voice. The mayor was not voted at large. So we are trying not to give her full power as the community speaks, but my colleagues are wanting to give her full force.”
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