More from City Hall: Holman, Martin and Eggman on the Ford situation

The council is on to council comments. Mayor Ann Johnston is congratulating Vice Mayor Kathy Miller for a League of California Cities appointment.

Councilman Elbert Holman Jr. said he was “deeply moved by the showing of support for Mr. Ford today.” He said the loss of Ford is the loss of an “integral part of city government.” He said, “The playing field is such that the council, our role in reference to any disagreement by what the city manager has done, or may do in the future, we don’t have any recourse on that, do we?” Johnston asked for City Attorney Ren Nosky to clarify.

Nosky said the council is prohibited by City Charter from intervening in personnel decisions, but it may comment.

Holman said, “I strongly urge Mr. Palmer to reconsider and maybe sit down with the council, make it happen, that we discuss the possibilities of reinstating Mr. Ford.”

Councilwoman Diana Lowery is up. She is not touching the Ford discussion. Nor is Vice Mayor Kathy Miller, who is speaking about National Night Out.

Next is Councilwoman Susan Eggman. “I don’t think you can have this many people come and speak passionately without addressing it,” she said. Eggman said that in the absence of information about the firing of Ford, “I think it must be addressed in some kind of way.” Eggman said, “In the absence of information people fill in the blanks,” she said. She said the city, if it can, should “make this process” as open as possible.

Councilwoman Leslie Baranco Martin said, “I think if I had my chance today Johnny would be sitting right there … in this City Hall.” She was not pointing to Palmer’s seat, after all. Martin is calling for something to “rectify this issue.”

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