Longtime City Council critic Lennie Whittington was arrested Tuesday on a warrant for allegedly making annoying phone calls to a city official and a resident.
Whittington, 47, pleaded not guilty in Downey Municipal Court and was released pending a March 13 court appearance. Whittington, who could not be reached for comment, allegedly used obscene language and ethnic slurs during Jan. 24 phone calls to Scot Yotsuya, an assistant to the city manager, at City Hall, said Detective John Lynch, who made the arrest.
Whittington was arrested on two counts of making annoying phone calls after a warrant was issued by Downey Municipal Judge Robert Drees, Lynch said. If convicted, Whittington faces a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine, Lynch said.
Whittington's lawyer, Martin J. Munson of Torrance, also could not be reached for comment.
In an interview, Yotsuya said he hung up on Whittington three times after Whittington called to complain about whether there had been proper notice for a Library Advisory Board meeting that Whittington had missed.