BREAKING: CITY ASKS GRAND JURY TO CONSIDER REMOVING TAM FROM OFFICE
City officials have asked the Alameda County Grand Jury to look into whether City Councilwoman Lena Tam violated the Brown Act and to consider whether that alleged misconduct should result in her removal from office. They claim Tam disclosed confidential, privileged information to developer SunCal and the local firefighters’ union.
Tam, who said she was only conducting due diligence on matters before the council and that she hasn’t violated the Brown Act – and who only became aware of the investigation tonight – said she welcomes the scrutiny.
The confidential investigation was conducted by an outside attorney at the behest of Interim City Manager Ann Marie Gallant, Tam said. The City Council voted 4-0 in closed session – a session Tam was asked to recuse herself from – to release the investigation results.
“The City Council decision in this regard was made in the best interest of open government in Alameda. We look to the district attorney and grand jury to do what is in Alameda’s best interest in this matter,” Mayor Beverly Johnson said.
More to come.