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Former City Attorney Files Claim Against City of Alameda

Today, former City Attorney Teresa Highsmith filed a claim against the City of Alameda for personal injury damages pertaining to her dismissal on December 28th, 2010.

In a claim filed by her attorney, William Rapoport, of Redwood City, Ms. Highsmith claims the following injuries: wage loss, fringe benefits loss, emotional and physical injuries, damage to her reputation and general damages based upon statutory violations and constructive wrongful termination. She blames Mayor Marie Gilmore and Councilmember Lena Tam for her injuries. A copy of the claim was obtain by Action Alameda News from the City under the California Public Records Act.

In a three page supporting exhibit, Highsmith explains that her termination was “motivated in substantial part by an illegal motive, namely, in retaliation for [Highsmith] reporting illegal and criminal behavior” by Councilmember Lena Tam, regarding allegations of official misconduct against Tam. Highsmith also writes in her claim that in mid-December of last year, Mayor Gilmore told her that she didn’t wish to work with her, and that she, Highsmith, would have to leave her position as City Attorney.

Highsmith asserts that she will pursue her claim on the basis whistleblower protection laws under the Labor Code and the Government Code, the Brown Act, and “several common law torts” including defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negative infliction of emotional distress.

The full claim is reproduced below.

2011-03-15 Claim – Terri Highsmith

5 comments to Former City Attorney Files Claim Against City of Alameda

  • Vania

    Yes, Alameda’s two “attorney” City Council members, Bonta and Gilmore, substantially screwed up in the manner in which they terminated the two key witnesses in defense of the City Council’s decision not to renew SunCal’s contract.

    Unfortunately, often ego trumps intelligence and education.

  • Opaque

    Jeez, this is good!

  • Anonymous

    “Oh what a wicked web we weave when first we practice to deceive.”

  • prof. poodlesmurf

    It is hard to figure out which one is “Moe” and which is “curly” and which is “Larry”, although I do have a hunch!
    whoop whoop whoop whoop whoop

  • Betty

    I really think someone could write a really good TV show about the government of Alameda. Would it be a comedy or a drama. It really could be either one.

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