(Castro denies accusations)….Calexico City Councilman Luis Castro issued a statement Tuesday night.
The councilman has been accused of making an obscene racial slur towards a resident. The incident reportedly occurred at the end of a heated special meeting last week. In his statement, released at the City Council meeting Tuesday, Castro denied the accusations, saying they were unjust and false. Ben Horton, during public comment, said he was the recipient of the comments by Castro, and he said they did, indeed happen. The President of the local chapter of the NAACP, Wallace Phillips, told the council he had been a friend of Castro and his family for years, and he did not believe the racial comments ever occurred. The council heard heated discussion for over an hour during the meeting, most of it directed towards Castro. Complaints were also that Castro should declare a conflict when transportation issues came up for a council vote, since Castro’s family owns a local transportation service.