In a closed session meeting last Tuesday, Alameda City Council considered several items but rendered few decisions.
Documents obtained by Action Alameda News show the score. The first item, “anticipated litigation,” – widely believed to relate to potential lawsuits from former Interim City Manager Ann Marie Gallant and former City Attorney Teresa Highsmith, who were dismissed late last month – was handled by Council with “No action taken. Legal counsel discussed possible claims, and received legal advice.”
The report on the second item, “United States v. City of Alameda, et al,” carried the report, “The Acting City Attorney provided explanation of the status of the lawsuit and a stipulated order. Council provided direction.”
The third item also involved former Interim City Manager Ann Marie Gallant, in the case of SunCal’s federal lawsuit against the City of Alameda, “SCC Alameda v. City of Alameda, et al, U.S. District Court 4.” Council approved retaining separate counsel for defendant Gallant for reasons of conflict of interest. Apparently, the City of Alameda will have to provide defense for Gallant against SunCal’s lawsuit even as the former Interim City Manager potentially sues the City over her dismissal.
Finally, Council made no decision but provided direction to staff in the matter of a workers’ compensation claim against the City of Alameda by John Cayanne.