Vote Deadlocked In Effort To Oust San Fernando Mayor Over Sex Scandal

SAN FERNANDO (CBS) — The mayor of San Fernando still had a job on Tuesday after a city council effort to remove him failed to pass in the wake of a recent sex scandal.

A vote to unseat Mayor Mario Hernandez held late Monday night ended in a tie despite dozens of angry residents packing the City Council chambers and calling for the mayor to step down.

Hernandez publicly admitted to an affair with council member Maribel De La Torre at a meeting in November. He also faces allegations of a cover-up over an investigation that a San Fernando police officer was having an affair with another councilwoman.

Several residents who attended the meeting Monday were very vocal about their opposition to the mayor keeping his job.

“I’m going to tell you something, Hernandez….get your stuff and resign!” said one man.

“You know the trouble with you people? You have got no shame,” said another resident.

Councilwoman Sylvia Ballin had initially proposed the motion to censure Mayor Hernandez and call for his resignation. Hernandez subsequently introduced a motion for the council to censure Ballin.


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