The city of Montebello, already facing the prospect that it may not be able to pay its bills by the end of this year, sank deeper into crisis Tuesday after the interim city manager abruptly resigned.
Peter Cosentini sent council members a letter informing them that he was stepping down because he was "no longer comfortable with our progress toward a balanced budget." He suggested that council members hire a city manager "more in tune with your approach to municipal finance."
The move comes two weeks after Cosentini, who had been employed by the city for less than a year, warned council members that they needed to take "immediate corrective action" or the city would not be able to make payroll or pay its bills by the end of the year. He asked council members to call a special meeting at that time, but they did not.
The council did meet last week but has not yet cut the budget.
Councilman Frank Gomez lamented that his fellow council members had not heeded Cosentini's calls to action, saying in a written statement that they are either "in denial" or "lacked the conviction to do anything to solve the problems."