Temecula council offers support for protesters, condemnation of ex-mayor in first meeting since resignation

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Temecula Mayor Pro Tem Maryann Edwards presides over the Temecula City Council's June 9 meeting, the first one since Mayor James Stewart's resignation over an email that many condemned as racist.
In the Temecula City Council’s first meeting since the resignation of Mayor James “Stew” Stewart over an email that was blasted by many city residents as racist, councilmembers largely asserted their support for the demonstrators who for several days had taken to the Temecula Duck Pond to protest the death of George Floyd, and some even condemned Stewart’s comments. The June 9 meeting was also the first time all the sitting councilmembers could hold their meeting in person at city hall since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, though community members still were forced to watch online or on public access television. The council meeting began with around 50 public comments — far more than usual, and many of them on the topic of the protests in Temecula and Stewart’s r
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