The City Charter is super simple to read. (Bolds below are mine).
(A) The following offices are hereby established and the incumbents thereof shall be appointed or removed by a vote of a majority of the full Council: City Manager, City Attorney, City Clerk.
(B) During a period of ninety days immediately following the date of installation of any person newly elected to the Council at a regular or special municipal election or of any person newly appointed to the Council, the Council shall take no action, whether immediate or prospective, to remove, suspend, request the resignation of, or reduce the salary of, the incumbents in the aforementioned appointive offices.”
Who doesn’t understand this section?
Mr. Bonta is NEW on the City Council, a first-timer, is he not? Therefore, the WHOLE City Council is proscribed from acting on any of the three appointed offices. Duh….
How did Meyers Nave interpret this section to advise Mayor Gilmore that what she wanted to do was legal when–clearly–it was not?
Moreover, for all y’all recall-minded folks (and who isn’t?):
“Sec. 20-1. The holder of any elective office of this City may be recalled from office at any time by the qualified electors thereof, provided he has held his or her office for a least six months. The provisions of this article are intended to apply to officials now in office, as well as to those hereafter elected.”
That means Councilmembers deHaan, Johnson, or Tam could be recalled. Mayor Gilmore has been on the city council for years so she could be recalled anytime. But she’s only been mayor for one exceedingly long month, so some might argue that point; the charter doesn’t seem very clear here. But in that case, I’m sure we could get an opinion sans a public supportive argument (their apparent specialty) from the law firm of Mayers Nave that would ‘prove’ she’s qualified for a recall the day she took office as mayor, right? However, to recall Councilmember Bonta, ya gotta wait six months; that’s clear (and I still don’t understand yawl who voted for him; did you not pay attention to the strategic travesties he led at the hospital?).
The point here is: Section 20-1 makes Section 2-2 undeniably clear, right?
Alamedans across the board are waking up and starting to take charge of their very own city. To all you bureaucrats and medicrats: with or without you, we are going to demand good government which will ensure any creation of our future is optimized for us. It’s your choice. Feel free to jump on, or under, the bus.