SoCal Officials Face Calls to Resign After Capitol Riot

A newly-elected member of the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified Board of Education and a Whittier city councilwoman are under fire for their participation in last week’s “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington, D.C.

Board Member Leandra Blades says she marched peacefully and was not part of the group that stormed the U.S. Capitol. Nevertheless, a petition calling for her ouster has collected thousands of signatures.

The Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified Board of Education released the following statement:

“To the extent any public statements were made by or about any individual board member concerning the events that took place on Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C., we want to be clear that those statements were not viewpoints shared by the board or the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District.”

Whittier Councilwoman Jessica Martinez claims she wasn’t even at the Capitol, but was “elsewhere in Washington, D.C., exercising my constitutional right of free speech.” Martinez did post video footage from the rally, however, and had previously expressed her intent to attend, calling Republicans who voted to verify the November election results “traitors.”

Mayor Pro Tem Henry Bouchot is calling for his colleague to be censured. L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn agrees.

“Any attempt to delay or prevent the peaceful transfer of power is a threat to our democracy and there must be consequences,” Hahn said.



Tuesday, April 6, 2021 - 06:59

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