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Absentee Monrovia Councilman Clarence Shaw Resigns …

by Terry Miller
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Clarence Shaw at a veteran’s day event spoke highly of community service but has disappointed those who supported him -Photo by Terry Miller

“Community has been hoodwinked”

Former Councilman Clarence Shaw resigned his seat on the Monrovia City Council Thursday, one day after the filing period closed for candidates to file papers for April’s election.
Shaw sent an email to the city of Monrovia’s City Manager Laurie Lile Thursday saying that his resignation would be effective immediately.
Well–respected Monrovia businesswoman Pam Fitzpatrick said she was “floored” by the news.
Fitzpatrick was one of Shaw’s biggest supporters during his initial campaign and knew there was “a question of his residency…he wasn’t a Monrovian,” Fitzpatrick said.
Shaw has been deployed in Washington State since July 2011 and allegedly been on active service. Larry Spicer, who plans to run for one of two open seats on the City Council in April, has filled in since Shaw vacated.
The reaction from the community is swift and harsh.
Councilwoman Becky Shevlin said she couldn’t comment on the issue since it is an agenda item on Thursday’s special meeting but did say she was “ Tremendously disappointed and extremely Angry .” with the news. Shaw had informed Shevlin that he would be back in Monrovia Jan 5 and “run the strongest campaign ever.”

It seems whomever we spoke with on Friday morning had the same reaction.
Ralph Walker, KGEM host, told Beacon Media Friday that “There is a Patraeus among us.”
Walker went on to say not only has the community been hoodwinked, but “Shaw has let down the community and disgraced the uniform he wears.”
Attempts to reach Shaw for comment were unsuccessful at deadline.

Shaw was popular with many in the community who now feel betrayed. Ralph Walker, seen hear hugging Shaw when we took his seat, said that Shaw has disgraced the uniform he wears and is deeply upset that he lied – Photo byTerry Miller

“There is a Patraeus among us.” – Ralph Walker

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