Published On: Tue, Jul 27th, 2021

Huntington Beach Appoints Replacement Councilmember

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City council in Huntington Beach, Calif., has appointed a civil rights attorney to replace former councilmember Tito Ortiz. Rhoda Bolton, who serves on the Huntington Beach Human Relations Task Force, was selected for the role during a July 26 meeting. She was among 189 people who applied for the position and among more than 100 people interviewed by city council. Council, which was deadlocked on agreeing on a candidate during a July 19 special meeting, met again July 26 in hopes of filling the position before July 31. If they failed to do so, it would have triggered a special election costing about $1 million, according to city manager Oliver Chi. Similar to the last meeting, a large crowd attended to endorse Gracey Van Der Mark and “honor the vote.” Some said Van Der Mark should have been selected because was the first runner up in the 2020 election and is ideologically conservative like Ortiz. Bolton, during a speech to the council …

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