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Recall for three San Fernando politicians set for November ballot

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The recall of San Fernando's mayor, councilwoman and a former councilman is set for Nov. 6 at a cost of $43,000 in total.

The personal indiscretions of three San Fernando politicians have overshadowed the city’s business, and in November, voters will have the opportunity to recall those electeds from office. 

The San Fernando City Council agreed last night to move ahead with the Nov. 6 recall. Mayor Brenda Esqueda, Councilwoman Maribel de la Torre and former Councilman Mario Hernandez’s names will all appear on the ballot. Voters will be asked whether they want to remove each person from office and if so, who should replace them. 

It is the latest chapter for San Fernando, which is just 2.5-square-miles and home to 25,000 residents. The city has been so rocked by the personal scandals of the three politicians that Councilwoman Sylvia Ballin described feeling like she was at the Mad Hatter’s tea party in “Alice in Wonderland.” The fifth member of the council, Mayor Pro Tem Antonio Lopez, urged Esqueda and de la Torre to follow in Hernandez’s steps and leave office.

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