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City of Alameda Not to Sue Councilmember Lena Tam

By Erica Madison

The purpose of the special Alameda City Council meeting on September 9, 2010 was to ultimately determine if the City of Alameda should bring a civil suit against Councilmember Lena Tam.

Although the meeting ended without a definitive decision it was clear that every member of the Council was against the idea of a civil suit.

“I think putting aside this lawsuit would allow everyone in the community to work together on vitally important work”, said Councilmember Marie Gilmore.

“I agree that a civil suit would be a waste of the taxpayer’s money. Civil action is not something we should be undertaking”, said Vice-Mayor Doug deHaan.

The Mayor and Councilmember Frank Matarrese also voiced a vote of ‘no’ on the matter, but Matarrese suggested that the Council wait to make a definitive decision in case their was more evidence to be found.

2 comments to City of Alameda Not to Sue Councilmember Lena Tam

  • Barb

    I agree the City should not sue someone who doesn’t have the assets to cover a judgment if won. But after TAM has sent 31 privileged and confidential emails to SUNCAL, Women’s League of Voter’s and others, how can she be trusted to not do more of the same? There has been no punishment, no penalty, so her behavior has actually been reinforced. She got away with it! Not only is she likely to continue that sort of behavior, with the growing stakes of her supporter SUNCAL, if GILMORE and BONTAM are elected in November, Alameda will have no control over the SUN that will SHINE on SUNCAL.

  • Colontuono said that the City’s goal in a civil suit would be to “prevent Lena Tam from doing what she knows what she’s not supposed to do.” i.e. give away secret information. It’s not about suing for money or recovering damages. If the suit was successful, Lena Tam could be held for contempt of court on subsequent offenses.