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File #: 16-0284    Version: 1 Name: Censure of President of the Council Lynnette Gibson-­McElhaney.
Type: City Resolution Status: In Rules Committee
File created: 10/4/2016 In control: *Rules & Legislation Committee
On agenda: Final action:
Title: Subject: Censure of President of the Council Lynette Gibson-­McElhaney. From: Councilmember Desley Brooks On Behalf Of Members Of The Public Recommendation: Schedule The Following: A) A Censure Hearing, And Possible Referral To The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, Of Councilmember Lynnette Gibson-­McElhaney For Violation Of The City And State Laws, Council Rules Of Procedure, Ethics Rules And Oakland City Charter Investigated And Established By The Alameda County Grand Jury. Charges: 1. Councilmember Gibson-McElhaney Had A Conflict Of Interest That Prohibited Her From Using Her Elected Position To Influence An Administrative Decision On The Townhouse Project. 2. Councilmember Gibson-McElhaney Violated Ethics Rules By Privately Contacting A Department Head And City Staff To Argue Personal Objections, Resulting In The Department Head Re-Evaluating The Project. This Gave The Appearance That The Department Head Was An Advocate For The Councilmember. 3. Councilmember Gibson-Mc...
Sponsors: Desley Brooks, Member(s) of the Public
Attachments: 1. View Report
Related files: 16-0285

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Subject:                     Censure of President of the Council Lynette Gibson--McElhaney.

From:                                          Councilmember Desley Brooks On Behalf Of Members Of The Public

Recommendation: Schedule The Following: 

 

A) A Censure Hearing, And Possible Referral To The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, Of Councilmember Lynnette Gibson--McElhaney For Violation Of The City And State Laws, Council Rules Of Procedure, Ethics Rules And Oakland City Charter Investigated And Established By The Alameda County Grand Jury. Charges: 1. Councilmember Gibson-McElhaney Had A Conflict Of Interest That Prohibited Her From Using Her Elected Position To Influence An Administrative Decision On The Townhouse Project. 2. Councilmember Gibson-McElhaney Violated Ethics Rules By Privately Contacting A Department Head And City Staff To Argue Personal Objections, Resulting In The Department Head Re-Evaluating The Project. This Gave The Appearance That The Department Head Was An Advocate For The Councilmember. 3. Councilmember Gibson-McElhaney Improperly Used City Resources By Having Her Chief Of Staff Draft A Letter For Her In Opposition To The Project For The Councilmember. The Grand Jury Believes That Was A Misuse Of City Resources Solely Intended To Benefit The Councilmember Personally. 4. Councilmember Gibson-McElhaney Violated Of City And State Rules, During A Planning Commission Hearing, Where She Inappropriately Used Her Position To Question City Policy, To Challenge Staff, And To Interrupt Proceedings. 5. Councilmember Gibson-McElhaney Violated Section 218 Of The City Charter. And,