Deputy Metropolis Legal professional and candidate for Chula Vista Metropolis Legal professional, Marco Verdugo, Monday introduced a plan supposed to sort out what he claims are rising issues of corruption at metropolis corridor.
“The residents of Chula Vista deserve a authorities that operates with the best requirements of integrity and transparency,” he mentioned. “My plan is a dedication to restoring religion in our metropolis’s governance and making certain that Chula Vista is a mannequin for moral management.”
Earlier this month, Chula Vista Metropolis Councilmember Andrea Cardenas and her brother, Jesus Cardenas, pleaded not responsible to felony costs stemming from an alleged fraudulent mortgage for his or her political consulting enterprise.
The siblings are accused of fraudulently acquiring a $176,227 Paycheck Safety Program mortgage in early 2021 supposed for his or her agency, Grassroots Assets, then utilizing the funds on private bills, together with a $33,500 verify to Andrea Cardenas’ Chula Vista Metropolis Council marketing campaign account.
Verdugo’s plan entails revising the town constitution, “permitting investigations and potential suspension of council members concerned in corruption by a 3/4ths tremendous majority of the Metropolis Council, with wage clawback provisions for these convicted,” in addition to closing monetary loopholes and establishing an unbiased auditor.
Verdugo is vying for the town’s high authorized job towards fellow Democrat and former metropolis lawyer Bart Miesfield, each of whom are in search of to fill the position after voters elected Simon Silva final yr. Silva died of most cancers earlier than the election, leaving the place vacant.
Miesfeld was appointed as Chula Vista metropolis lawyer by the Metropolis Council in 2008 and served for 2 years.
Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.