Elk Grove City Council to Consider Ethics Probe on Council Member Pat Hume

Will receive 2011 preliminary budget In what will surely be a marathon session, the Elk Grove City Council’s second to last item of discu...

Will receive 2011 preliminary budget

In what will surely be a marathon session, the Elk Grove City Council’s second to last item of discussion during the Wednesday, May 26 meeting will be to consider whether or not to form an ad hoc committee to investigate possible ethics violations by Council Member Pat Hume.

The item, which was placed on the agenda at the request of Council Member Jim Cooper, was originally scheduled to be discussed at the May 12 meeting. Because of a previously schedule candidate debate [in Cooper’s bid for Sacramento County Sheriff], the item was continued.

Cooper’s request seeks to investigate whether or not Hume violated the city’s code of ethics when he allegedly threatened a member of the community. Although an investigation into the allegations by the Sacramento County District Attorney’s office found Hume violated no law, during the April 28 city council meeting Cooper said the allegation rose to the level of seriousness to warrant investigation.

2011 Elk Grove budget

Before the council considers whether or not to investigate Hume’s alleged actions, they will have gone through a lengthy agenda covering the consent calendar, five public hearing items and eight regular agenda action items. One of the action items presented will be a presentation of the fiscal year 2011 annual city budget.

Although the budget must be approved prior to July 1, the preliminary budget is not available as of this afternoon’s posting of the city council agenda. According to a report from Elk Grove Budget Manager Katy Baumbach, the budget will be made available to the council during Wednesday’s meeting. No further information regarding the budget was available.

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Malleus Codex said...

Well...Hope the City Attorney let's the Council know that they cannot investigate a fellow member in closed session per the California Brown Act. I would personally love to see Hume investigated at an open public City Council meeting!!!!

Here is what the Brown Act says:

"But closed sessions are NOT ALLOWED for discussing:

General employment
independent contractors not functioning as employees


The performance of any elected official, or member of the board

The local agency's available funds,
funding priorities or budget

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