Tito Ortiz resigns from Huntington Beach City Council
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz resigned as mayor of Huntington Beach and became mayor on Tuesday afternoon.
OC Register’s Susan Golding first reported the news via Twitter.
“Tito Ortiz has just resigned from the Huntington Beach City Council, claiming he had been assassinated by the media and leaked to City Hall,” he wrote.
– Susan Goulding (@scgoulding) June 2, 2021
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Ortega’s resignation marks the end of his time in politics. “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” was elected in November 2020. Days after he was sworn in, Ortiz tried to attend a planning meeting but was denied entry because he would not be wearing a mask. His anti-mask stance was part of his campaign. He called the meeting from his car.
His anti-mask views were not the only controversies surrounding Ortiz’s time in the public office. He applied for unemployment on February 20 while retaining his duties and was paid for the part-time job. He also has two businesses and reportedly lives in a $ 4 million home.
“I understand City Council members are not eligible for unemployment, especially when they receive their full pay,” Hunting Beach Mayer Kim Carr told NBC Los Angeles in an interview in early May.
Ortiz won the vacant UFC light heavyweight title in April 2000. He defended the championship five times and joined the UFC Hall of Fame in 2012. Ortiz last competed in December 2019, but left the UFC in 2012.