Late last Friday, the City of Alameda announced that it had settled a claim with Alameda City Councilmember Lena Tam for some $47,000 in legal expenses she incurred last year to defend against charges of official misconduct.
A June 16th report from City of Alameda Controller Fred Marsh to Alameda City Council shows that the city issued a check to Lena Tam in the amount of $47,142.38 on June 14th.
The press release last Friday from Alameda Mayor Marie Gilmore said that the “City Council had voted unanimously on May 19th, 2010″ to approve Ms. Tam’s claim. However, a footnote reports that Mayor Gilmore and Councilmembers Rob Bonta and Beverly Johnson voted in favor of settling the claim. Councilmember Doug deHaan was absent from the meeting, as was Councilmember Tam, who recused herself.
According to the Mayor, Manuela Albuquerque, a partner at the law firm Burke Williams and Sorensen, and a former Berkeley City Attorney, reviewed the available documents and letters related to the allegations against Tam last year, as well as additional information provided by Acting City Attorney Donna Mooney, and recommended that the City settle the claim.
The City of Alameda has stated that it will make no further comment on the matter.