Majority of speakers against ousting Gonzales
By Jason Bennert, Bay City News Service
June 28, 2006
SAN JOSE (BCN) - A clear majority of public speakers at
today's San Jose City Council special meeting, including a former
councilman, opposed having the council oust Mayor Ron Gonzales
or restrict his office because of his indictment on bribery, conspiracy
and other charges.
Former San Jose City Councilman John Diquisto said that "asking
him (to leave office) is OK but forcing him is not.''
"What I see before us now is a mayor and a staff who might
have broken the law, we don't know," Diquisto said.
Members of the public spent approximately an hour speaking to
the council and while a number of then called upon Gonzales to
resign or be thrown out of office the majority asked the council
to wait for the legal process to be completed.
Last week the mayor was indicted by a Santa Clara County grand
jury in connection with his conduct regarding the city's garbage
and recycling contract with Norcal Waste Systems. A majority of
the council has called for Gonzales to step aside but he has proclaimed
his innocence of the bribery, conspiracy and other charges against
him and has vowed to remain in office until the end of his term
on Dec. 31.
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