SAN DIEGO – Two San Diego residents stood before the San Diego City Council Wednesday evening to voice their concerns about the employment of the police chief.
Chief Richard Nava is accused of writing sexually explicit letters to his 17-year-old stepdaughter, yet Nava has not been charged, arrested or indicted on the case. However, Nueces County District Attorney Mark Gonzalez did open the case for investigation.
According to Robstown Police reports filed by the family, Nava's step-daughter, Adalin Vasquez, shot herself in 2009. Her mother, Cidalin Rojas, found sexually explicit letters in the girl’s bedroom. Nava was a former police officer in Robstown at the time.
Nava confessed to writing the sexually-explicit letters to his step-daughter, DA Gonzalez told the Corpus Christi Caller Times.
But before the meeting began, five adults with “Justice for Adalin” shirts approached the San Diego City Hall. When Cristela Gonzalez, wearing her shirt and carrying a protest poster, entered the board room she was “kicked out.”
In order for the adults to enter the board room, they left their signs outside city hall and covered their support shirts with regular t-shirts.
As Frank Briones entered, with a black shirt over his support shirt, he was confronted by San Diego Police Officer Lt. Mike Hernandez. Also near Briones with San Diego Mayor Araseli “Sally” Lichtenberger, Councilman Rolando Guerrero, City Attorney Rumaldo “Rumy” Solis and other police officers.
“I'll ask you to step out. I'm doing my job, okay? I don't want a circus in here,” Hernandez told Briones. “Whatever you want to speak about is fine you can do it out there. You're not going to come and disrupt the meeting, okay?”
Briones is a regular attendee to the San Diego Council meetings. Both Briones and Gonzalez have been vocal about the justice they and her family want for Vasquez. They feel he is a liability to the city especially the children of San Diego.
Nava became chief in San Diego in 2016 after approximately a year on the force.
“I came to speak about the young girl that was molested...,” Briones said. “I didn't come here mad, but now I am mad. How can they say I came to start a circus?”
Vasquez's mother, Debbie Rojas, aunt, and other family members were in the audience.
“We just want just for my niece,” Rojas said. “How can he have such a position in the community?”
Linda Garcia believes there is a safety issue as long as Nava is the police chief of San Diego.
Because Nava and the state of his employment were not listed on the agenda the council could not comment or make an action on Wednesday.