Published On: Tue, Jul 20th, 2021

Huntington Beach Fails to Choose Replacement for Tito Ortiz

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City council in Huntington Beach, Calif., failed to settle on a candidate to replace former mayor pro tem Tito Ortiz during a July 19 meeting. Ortiz resigned from council June 1, saying attacks against him put his family at risk. “As of recent, the attacks against me have moved into involving my family,” Ortiz said when announcing his resignation. “When my children’s safety becomes a matter, I’m a father and I’m going to protect my children.” After holding various special meetings on how to proceed with Ortiz’ replacement, council initially elected to hold an application process where any Huntington Beach resident could apply. The best candidate would be chosen by council. When the application process closed June 18, the city sorted through 190 applications for the position, and interviewed 105 candidates. Each council member was allowed to choose three finalist candidates to bring to the table during the special meeting July 19, according to city manager Oliver …

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