Trinidad Mayor John Rino resigned in the face of a recall vote. Petitioners had previously handed in 383 signatures, and the county clerk had already certified the signatures. This result follows the successful recall and removal of Councilman Alfredo Pando.
Rino’s letter says the last seven months (his tenure as mayor) have been a great strain on him and his family. He cited the recent criticism he has faced as “character assassination,” against him by the local media, which has had “a profound effect on me, my son and my sisters.”