Quotes were hard to decipher because of breaks in the audio of the meeting, which was conducted and recorded via Zoom.
Developer Cliff Tootellian, who has had projects in Selma since 2006, was the first to comment under the public comment.
“I want to say that it’s a travesty, among newly elected members, that there is an immediate conflict that is brought before the public elect, against an individual that is the most knowledgeable with depth of background, legally, logistically and even financially. It is apparent in my opinion that it is political.
Without his background, the city will face significant difficulties and financial impact,” Tootellian said before being silenced by Mayor Robertson for going over his allotted three minutes.
Former Council member Avalos said that the council members took an oath to serve the public. Any delays will cost the city money in projects, he said.
“This is very serious and this is on your guy’s watch,” he said.
Probably the most vocal citizen was Yolanda Torrez, who said that you can not fire a city attorney without prior cause.
“You are making this a personal issue,” she said. “We are putting us in a very critical situation.”
Dr. Humberto Gomez Jr. also spoke. He is a resident of Parlier but grew up in Selma. “I know that Mendoza-Navarro does not have a conflict of interest,” said Gomez.