Chula Vista, CA – Chula Vista community members will hold a press conference to call for the immediate resignation of Chula Vista City Councilmember Andrea Cardenas. The press conference is scheduled for Nov.14 at 4 pm in front of the Chula Vista City Hall, located at 276 Fourth Ave., Chula Vista, CA, 91910.

This call to action comes in light of recent indictments by the San Diego County District Attorney, charging Andrea Cardenas and her brother Jesus Cardenas with multiple felonies related to fraudulent activity involving COVID-19 relief funds. The siblings are accused of misappropriating approximately $176,000 in federal funds provided to Grassroots Resources, a political consulting firm founded by Jesus Cardenas.

The charges include conspiring to defraud the federal government of COVID-19 relief funds allocated through the Paycheck Protection Program, intended to support businesses and their employees during the pandemic. Instead, these funds were allegedly used for personal gain, with Andrea Cardenas accused of directing $35,000 to her personal checking account and subsequently transferring $33,500 to her council campaign account.

“Chula Vista deserves representatives who serve with integrity and uphold the public trust,” said Russ Hall, a lifelong Chula Vista resident.

“The alleged actions of Councilmember Cardenas are a betrayal to our community and a misuse of vital pandemic relief funds intended to support struggling businesses and families. We cannot stand by and allow this gross misconduct to go unanswered.”

Community members are encouraged to attend the press conference and stand in solidarity with Hall and other leaders in demanding accountability and the resignation of Andrea Cardenas from the Chula Vista City Council