CITY HALL — Heated testimony from Councilman Bob Yousefian about two setback ordinances introduced Tuesday boiled into a public, expletive-laced altercation between the councilman and City Manager Jim Starbird immediately after the gavel fell.
The exchange, which both officials reportedly colored with expletives, ended only after Starbird clutched Yousefian’s arm and forced him behind closed doors where Starbird said they continued the debate for 30 minutes. The scuffle prompted Mayor Ara Najarian to summon an on-duty police officer standing near the chamber entrance to move closer to the back room, “in case somebody needed help,” Najarian said.
“It’s a physical altercation, man. . . . I was out talking to a couple residents and they were just freaking out. . . . Yousefian was cursing and was using the ‘F-word,’ and saying that he was pissed off and that [city staff members] had lied to him. . . . It was bizarre,” Councilman Frank Quintero said.