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Hawaiian Gardens Council Woman Monica Rodriguez Suddenly Resigns During Council Meeting


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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Oh man, she seemed like such a sweet girl. Either they had it planned from the beginning (she was a placeholder for someone else) or she had her own personal reasons. These things happen because life happens, hopefully it wasn’t for nefarious reasons. It takes a mature person to know when it is best to walk away, I wish her the best. The big question now is what do they do? What do we do? The Mayor with all of her degrees and “education” has no idea how to manage her council. Verbal assault last council meeting, a resignation this… Read more »

Dale Clark
Dale Clark

It’s very easy to be critical without looking at the fact of the matter. Whatever the reason for her departure, your insinuating something inappropriate may be taking place without having any proof to support your claim. All your doing is belittling the city and making baseless accusations about the city council. Who cares about your friends in Orange County. The mayor with all her degrees, is making sure the city achieves it’s full potential. She’s making it a better place to live, and she is an excellent role model for all our children to see someone from their community who… Read more »


Dale, there was no insinuation at all, simply statements. The point is that the Mayor’s primarily role and function is to run the meeting and keep order. She tends to let certain people get away with disruptive behavior during the meetings while being quick to reprimand others. In her role, she should try to be consistent with how she treats everyone, no matter how much they provoke her or the council. I’m not belittling the city, it’s my home and I love it. The city is bigger than the people who run it, that’s for sure. Let’s not forget who… Read more »