San Bernardino County Supervisor Josie Gonzales speaks at the council meeting. “(People are) disgusted with the type of headlines — disgusting, embarrassing headlines — that need to stop,” Gonzales said at the meeting.
By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/21/13, 8:20 PM PDT | Updated: 3 hrs ago
SAN BERNARDINO >> The first City Council meeting since one councilman resigned and another was charged with 30 misdemeanors and felonies quickly got heated Monday, but a second attempt to ask outside agencies for proposals to provide fire protection sizzled out.
The controversial fire proposal got support from three of the five members present — Fred Shorett, Virginia Marquez and Rikke Van Johnson — but the city charter requires four “yes” votes.
Councilwoman Wendy McCammack did not attend saying she had a triple-digit fever.
Councilman Robert Jenkins, in his first public appearance since the Riverside District Attorney’s Office filed charges on Thursday related to alleged stalking and document falsification, smiled widely as the meeting began and engaged fully in the meeting.
What he didn’t do was respond to the charges — but others were not so restrained.
“(People are) disgusted with the type of headlines — disgusting, embarrassing headlines — that need to stop,” county Supervisor Josie Gonzales, who represents part of the city, said at the meeting. “We are disgraced, and we need to step down and let someone else with the God-given opportunity lead.”
Gonzales confirmed afterward that she had been calling for Jenkins to resign, as well as calling on residents to get more involved.
“We locked eyes,” she said. “He knows the right thing to do.”
Jenkins got support from several residents Monday night — he was applauded when he first spoke — and a defense via Twitter and text message from McCammack.
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