Tito Ortiz barred from city council brainstorming session over refusal to wear mask

Huntington Beach Mayor Pro Tem Tito Ortiz’s first city council strategic planning workshop (described by Susan Christian Goulding for the OC Register as a “brainstorming session”) was held at HB Central Library. Unfortunately, Mayor Pro Tem Ortiz had to attend via ZOOM from his car in the parking lot, after he refused to wear a mask.

“Wearing masks actually drops the oxygen levels required by the U.S. government, making City of HB libel for dangerously low air intake levels!” explained the UFC Hall of Famer and former light heavyweight champion in a December text to the OC Register.

This is puzzling to a degree, given his previously hawking Punishment Athletics socks as a DIY mask.

And his previous endorsement and use of the Elevation Mask.

However, Ortiz sat in his car, and expressed his dismay.

“I go in for the meeting and [Mayor] Kim Carr says you can’t go in without a mask,” he said. “Now I gotta do it through Zoom. Great way to start the new year off. Embarrassing.”

Ortiz reportedly argued briefly with Carr, and then left, participating remotely.

“We would have put the meeting on hold to give him time to get home, but he stayed there,” said Councilman Dan Kalmick. “He chimed in and asked questions and was respectful.”

Carr told the OC Register that her request “was not personal,” noting that California mandates the use of face coverings outside the home in most circumstances.

“Everyone needs to follow the same rules,” said Carr. “Elected officials do not have separate rules from the general public.”

Reaction on the social network was less measured.

Ortiz is now investigating whether Antifa infiltrated the occupation of the U.S. Capitol Building by pro-Trump extremists.

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