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Cypress City Council votes to censure Council Member Frances Marquez

The Cypress City Council voted 4-1 to censure Council Member Frances Marquez for failing to timely and adequately respond to Public Records Act requests, and violating the City’s Code of Ethics, the City Charter, and the City Council’s Civility, Conduct and Governance Policy.

“The City Council determined it was necessary to take this unprecedented action to protect the City’s organizational structure and operational effectiveness,” said Cypress Mayor Paulo Morales. “Sadly, Council Member Marquez has consistently failed to perform her duties in a professional manner or in accordance with local, state, and federal rules. Our residents deserve integrity from their elected representatives and the City Council felt it had no alternative at this juncture.”

The Mayor reports the City Council and City staff made numerous attempts to work with and mentor the first-term Council Member. The Resolution of Censure follows several high-profile incidents involving Council Member Marquez both on and off the dais including non-compliance with the state Public Records Act, making unsubstantiated and potentially libelous public allegations of illegal or unethical behavior by the City Council and City staff, and interference with City business and the City Manager’s role as Cypress’ chief executive officer.

In the City’s 66-year history, no Council Member has ever been censured.

“In my time as a Council Member, the City Council has always engaged in healthy debate over policy and issues, but unsubstantiated allegations that strike at the heart of our city demand a strident rebuke. A recent community survey shows that more than 90 percent of Cypress residents agree our town is an “excellent” or a “good” place to live and raise a family. If Council Member Marquez has ideas that can enhance our community’s quality of life, the City Council and City staff welcome her input, but to be productive, we must start with mutual cooperation.”

A link to the resolution of censure is available here: Censure Resolution

NOTE: the term “censure” is sometimes confused with “censor,” but they have two different meanings. “Censure” is to express a stern disapproval or an official reprimand. “Censor” is to suppress or delete objectionable material. Council Member Marquez was “censured” by the City Council, not “censored.”

This article was released by the City of Cypress.


  1. Any person that is elected onto a city council is given training related to proper procedures, especially with regard to legal matters. Also a person having a doctorate degree does not make that person qualified to hold office. An elected official strives to serve the community it has been elected by. This is accomplished by having an open exchange of ideas suggestions, and cooperative dialog; certainly not confrontations nor accusations. It is unfortunate that Council Member Marquez failed to realize this simple step.

  2. Let’s get three Marquez’s on the Cypress City Council. Then we can wave pride flags all year long from each street lamp. Sorry, but if you change your biological sex, you have mental health issues and a rainbow flag is not going to solve all your problems.

  3. Good! Council woman Marquez might have different ideas, and I would like to hear them, but she needs to follow procedure and protocol. Even radical members of the Squad follow the rules in the House even if they say ridiculous things.

    A friend had looked at some houses in Cypress but said she doesn’t want to move to a city that might have a majority of left-leaning council members. I hope there are some quality conservatives to run in November.

    It’s very sad what Council woman Marquez is trying to do here.

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