Skip to comments.Recalled South Gate (CA) mayor punches councilman at her last meeting
Posted on 02/04/2003 1:12:46 AM PST by hoosierskypilot
SOUTH GATE, Calif.(AP) - In a dramatic ending to her tenure as mayor, Xochilt Ruvalcaba tried unsuccessfully to ram through millions of dollars in city loans and punched a fellow council member before exiting what will likely be her last city council meeting. Ruvalcaba, one of three City Council members booted from office by voters last week after being accused of depleting city coffers of nearly $8 million, had called one last meeting to vote on several costly measures.
Vice Mayor Raul Moriel, Councilwoman Maria Benavides and Treasurer Albert Robles also were recalled.
Before a packed audience Monday night, the council's three outgoing members failed in their bid to award more than $1 million in low-interest federal loans. Earlier in the day, a Superior Court judge issued an order blocking the council from awarding the money.
They did succeed in promoting at least 12 employees, including four top officials in the city's department of public works.
At the end of the meeting, an amateur video tape caught Ruvalcaba in a shoving match with Councilman Henry Gonzalez which ended when the mayor hit him across the side of his head with a black purse and then punched him in the head.
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I'd bet there are some councilmen who would have hit the Mayor back with their purse.
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