Embattled El Cajon City Councilman Ben Kalasho Resigns - NBC 7 San Diego

Embattled El Cajon City Councilman Ben Kalasho Resigns

The process of filling the vacancy left on the council will be discussed at an upcoming public meeting

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    El Cajon Councilmember Kalasho Quits

    Councilmember Ben Kalasho left an empty seat on the El Cajon City Council following an abrupt resignation. NBC 7’s Allison Ash has more on what may have caused this. (Published Wednesday, March 27, 2019)

    Ben Kalasho announced his resignation from the El Cajon City Council effective immediately.

    Kalasho, who represented District 1, called his time on the council educational, but said he was constantly “battling my colleagues on agenda items and the general direction that my colleagues wanted for the city.”

    El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells told NBC 7 Kalasho’s time on the council was a nightmare and said his behavior was horrible.

    “I’m just glad he’s out,” Wells said.

    El Cajon City Councilman Denies Beauty Queen's Allegations

    El Cajon City Councilman Denies Beauty Queen's Allegations

    El Cajon City Councilman Ben Kalasho has denied allegations made against him by a former beauty queen. She complained he made sexual advances and rigged the pageant's results. NBC 7's Rory Devine reports.

    (Published Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017)

    In September, Kalasho was served a lawsuit at a City Council meeting that alleged Kalasho violated a man's free speech by blocking his comments on the councilmember's official Facebook page. He is also accused of harassment.

    The lawsuit was settled later in the same month.

    Kalasho was not the only politician in San Diego County to be sued for blocking members of the public from accessing their social media accounts. He was, however, the first elected official in San Diego to settle.

    In his resignation letter, Kalasho said he and his wife had resolved a separate legal matter – a lawsuit that alleged the council member sexually harassed a 2016 Miss Middle East Beauty Pageant contestant and fixed the outcome so she would lose after she denied his advances.

    Click here to read Kalasho's full resignation letter.

    A spokesperson for the city of El Cajon said the process of filling the vacancy left on the council will be discussed at an upcoming public meeting. 

    Kalasho was filling an at-large seat, city offiicals said. The term was set to expire in November 2020.

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