SANTA ANA — After one council member accused another of "hockey-checking" him during a break Tuesday, the mayor abruptly ended the City Council because of the simmering tensions.
Councilman Brett Franklin, 36, said Councilman Ted R. Moreno shoved his right elbow and hip into Franklin's right side as he stood outside a kitchen area.
Moreno, 30, said the two accidentally bumped into each other.
Rev. Chuck Mabry, pastor at Santa Ana's First United Methodist Church, said he would corroborate Franklin's version.
"It was intentional," said Mabry, who himself has differed with Moreno over city issues. "You don't come down a hall and throw your hip."
Franklin and Moreno are frequently at odds on the council, and the incident occurred after a particularly heated argument.
The city voted to break the lease for a gift shop located in the Regional Transportation Center in favor of a jobs center.