Presiding over his last meeting before leaving office, Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly lauds city council colleagues, city staff

Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly (center) presided over his final
city council meeting on Wednesday, November 18. | 

At the last meeting he would preside over the Elk Grove City Council, outgoing Mayor Steve Ly took the opportunity to laud his four council colleagues and city staff at last night's meeting. 

Ly, who has first served as the District 4 councilmember starting in December 2014, and mayor two years later, lost his reelection bid this year to Bobbie Singh-Allen. With his exit from elected office, Ly ends an eight-year run starting in 2012 with his election to the Elk Grove Unified School District Board of Trustees.

Breaking with custom where the mayor speaks last during the councilmember reports, Ly took the opportunity to talk first. Ly started by complimenting the city's staff and offered individually tailored comments for each of his four city council colleagues.

In his comments, which can be heard in their entirety below, Ly noted the often contentious relations he had with Steve Detrick, Pat Hume, Stephanie Nguyen, and Darren Suen. While council members typically have unanimous votes on agenda items, conflicts often flared-up during their conversations on the dais, as demonstrated in the video posted below.

Additionally, Ly was challenged in 2018 by Suen, who had the full-throated support of Detrick, Hume, and Suen. This year, Ly was not endorsed by any of his council colleagues.

In their comments, the four councilmembers and city manager Jason Behrmann complimented Ly for his service to the city and the school district. Hume noted because of the COVID19 meeting restrictions, it was unfortunate that Ly would not be honored in person his public service.

"It's an unfortunate reality that this moment is lost via a computer screen," Hume said. "Mayor, frankly, you deserved better than that." 

Although last night's meeting is the final one for Ly, he remains in office until Wednesday, December 9 when Singh-Allen, and Kevin Spease, who won the open District 3 seat currently held by Detrick, will take their oath. It is not known if the December 9 swearing-in ceremony will be held via teleconference as all meetings have since last March, or if special live-video accommodations will be made to show the administration of the oath. 

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