BREAKING: TAM TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE ON DA INVESTIGATION FINDINGS
City Councilwoman Lena Tam is set to hold a press conference at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday on the steps of City Hall to discuss District Attorney Nancy O’Malley’s findings on city leaders’ accusations against her, a source told The Island this morning.
An attorney hired by Interim City Manager Ann Marie Gallant and City Attorney Teresa Highsmith claimed Tam had violated the state’s public records and open meetings laws, saying she leaked confidential documents to SunCal and the firefighters union and discussed city business over e-mail that should have been handled in publicly noticed meetings. The attorney, Michael Colantuono, asked the district attorney to forward the accusations to a grand jury to consider removing Tam from office.
Tam denied the accusations, saying they were politically motivated by a city manager seeking to get rid of her because of questions she was asking about the way the city was handling SunCal and issues with Fire Chief David Kapler and the fire department. Representatives for both SunCal and the firefighters union also denied receiving confidential information, with an attorney for SunCal calling the charges against Tam part of a smear campaign and the firefighters union saying they already had the documents Tam was accused to leaking to them. Attorneys with expertise on the state’s public records and open meetings laws who were contacted by The Island also questioned the accusations.
Tam is running for reelection to her council seat this year.
More to come.