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Hawaiian Gardens Council Woman Monica Rodriguez Suddenly Resigns During Council Meeting

BY BRIAN HEWS

September 10, 2019 ~ In a shocking turn of events, Monica Rodriguez, who was recently elected in November 2018, declared at tonight’s regular Hawaiian Gardens City Council meeting that she is resigning her seat, effective immediately.

Rodriguez declared that this “was her last council meeting” just before the Council adjourned into closed session.

“Due to personal reasons, I will be resigning from this position. Tonight will be my last city council meeting. I would like to thank those who supported me during the last election. Thank you.”

Mayor Myra Maravilla did not appear overly shocked, responding, “okay thank you, let us now adjourn to closed session.”

The Council has three options to fill Rodriguez’ seat: a majority appointment, a special election, or wait until the next general election.

A special election would cost the city over $75,000, an appointment is possible given that Mayor pro tem Jesse Alvarado and Councilman Luis Roa are in lock-step with Mayor Maravilla on every vote.

Texts into Maravilla, Alvarado, Rodriguez and Trimble went unreturned.

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