Heavily employed Huntington Beach Councilor Tito Ortiz has been filed for unemployment
Last year, UFC star turned Huntington Beach town councilor Tito Ortiz narrowly avoided being removed as the city’s mayor, Pro Tem. Now he may wish the high-level effort was successful. An anti-masker and a staunch supporter of Trump, Ortiz has become the subject of close scrutiny ever since. the Orange County Register revealed that he applied for unemployment benefits while continuing to serve as a city councilor.
In paperwork acquired by local media, Ortiz said he was “fired” and / or had a “shortage of work” from February 9, when neither his pay nor his hours changed.
On the app, Ortiz apparently chose “Still working part-time or on-call – linked to coronavirus (COVID-19)” as the supposed reason for his separation from his employer.
“He gets the same amount of pay and hours,” Huntington Beach Mayor Kim Carr told NBC LA, who reports HB’s city council members receive $ 1,500 a month, plus a stipend and an expense allowance.
Ortiz has sparked controversy since being elected to the board last November. In January, he posted an anti-mask rant about a beloved local burger restaurant on his Instagram account; when the community reacted badly, he apologized.
Soon after, Mayor Carr and fellow council members Mike Posey and Dan Kalmick put forward a proposal to remove Ortiz from his post as mayor Pro Tem, accusing him of showing “little commitment. to fulfill this role with honor and dignity ”. Calling for a vote of no confidence in Ortiz, the proposal referred to his “unprofessional behavior and lack of judgment. [sic]”Which” has raised concerns among residents, local business owners and fellow council members. The council did not ultimately proceed to a vote.
Ortiz has yet to comment on the jobless claim.
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