Petition seeks recall of Fontana’s first woman and first African American mayor

RACHEL LUNA/INLAND VALLEY DAILY BULLETIN/SCNG Fontana Mayor Acquanetta Warren gives the State of the City address at the John Turner Center in January 2014.
RACHEL LUNA/INLAND VALLEY DAILY BULLETIN/SCNG Fontana Mayor Acquanetta Warren gives the State of the City address at the John Turner Center in January 2014. 

FONTANA >> A group called the Inland Empire First PAC has filed papers seeking to recall Acquanetta Warren, Fontana’s first female and first African-American mayor.

The group says in its petition that Warren has “not performed her duties with the best interests of her constituents.”

Warren became mayor in 2010 and was re-elected in 2014. She was appointed to the Fontana City Council in December 2002 and elected in 2004 and 2008, according to the city’s website.

Among the group’s allegations:

• Warren has received political contributions totaling more than $100,000 to “insure that the desires of special interests come before the needs of the residents of Fontana.”

• She supported the subsidization of the cities of Rialto, Colton and Redlands with a police helicopter program. That program ended in 2016.

The petition also alleges that Warren supported “reckless residential and warehouse development.”

“This has downgraded quality of life, decreased neighborhood safety, overcrowded schools, increased traffic and increased air pollution,” said Karen Coleman, spokeswoman for Inland Empire First and a 60-year resident of Fontana.

“We need to have transparency, integrity and respect for residents,” said Coleman, who is a volunteer at a senior center and member of the city’s parks and community services board. Coleman is also a member of the Fontana Women’s Club and the Fontana Democratic Club.

She said Warren has ventured out of the responsibilities of her office and attempted to control the Fontana Unified School District board, runs a Rotary Club and attempts to control the Fontana Women’s Club.

“I’m not going to make any comment at this time,” Warren said. “The only thing I want to focus on is my state of the city address,” Warren said.

The annual State of the City Address will be held Jan. 26 at the Jessie Turner Health and Fitness Community Center, 15556 Summit Ave. in Fontana.

Next week, the mayor will attend the U.S. Conference of Mayors 85th Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C.

“There is a lot of lobbying for federal dollars going on,” Warren said. “I need to focus on that,” she said.

“We have a lot of good things going on in Fontana, and the people expect me to do my job as mayor,” she said.

Coleman said the group has 120 days to get 12,000 signatures and is working on its strategy to accomplish that.

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