Davis' Proposal For Full-Time Status For Elk Grove Mayor, Council Goes Down in Flames

Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis' proposal to consider making the Mayor and Council Member full-time positions at substantially higher salaries went down in flames at tonight's Elk Grove City Council meeting.

The proposal, which Davis asked to be placed on the agenda at their regular meeting two weeks ago, would have sought council approval to place the item on this November's ballot. Following withering public comment against the proposal, it became apparent there were not enough council members in support of the matter during their deliberations, and no motion to approve the proposal was made.

Council Members Steve Detrick, Pat Hume, and Darren Suen voiced opposition to the proposal on several grounds. Vice Mayor Steve Ly, whom Davis was about to skip once it became apparent the measure was dead, managed to enter deliberations but said only that "I don't know" if he supported the proposal.

During public comment, the City Council was condemned by all five people who spoke on the matter. In two cases, the action was compared to the Southern California City of Bell, which was plagued by massive corruption of the city management and council members. The Bell corruption case has become a touchstone of municipal corruption.

"Welcome to Elk Grove, the Bell of Northern California," Elk Grove resident and former Elk Grove Planning Commissioner Paul Lindsay said.

In addition to criticizing the proposal, several of the speakers took the opportunity to lambaste the City Council for what they characterized as poor job performance.

"What have you really, really done for this City," Elk Grove resident Suzanne Pecci added.


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