Three-term San Fernando City Councilman Antonio Lopez has resigned his seat, effective Sept. 30.
In a letter read by City Manager Nick Kimball at the end of Monday’s City Council meeting, Lopez said he was leaving the dais “to pursue opportunities for the benefit of my children and family.”
Lopez did not return a request for comment and stated through the city manager’s office that he does not have any additional comments beyond what was included in his resignation letter.
Kimball said Lopez’s seat is not officially vacated until Sept. 30 and that the council will be considering options to fill it over the next few months.
In his resignation letter, Lopez said it was an honor and privilege to serve the city for nine years and along with numerous staff members and local organizations, they “delivered on key initiatives leading to an improved economy and amenities to our residents and neighbors.”
Lopez didn’t elaborate on what the initiatives were, but Kimball said in a phone call on Wednesday that when Lopez was elected in 2011, the city was going through financial turmoil and was in the midst of a recall election of another City Council member.
“He brought stability to the city,” Kimball said. “We had a $6-million general fund deficit. He was integral along with the entire council to eliminate that deficit. We no longer have that deficit. He helped the city get back on financial ground.”
Kimball said during Lopez’s tenure the main focus was to stabilize the city’s finances and keep from cutting any services.
“His profession is an architect,” Kimball added. “His voice was appreciated by staff. He was a balancing voice.”
Lopez will be paid through his resignation date, according to Kimball who added that a city council member earns $580 per month.
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