Ad Hoc Committee Formed to Tackle Ethics and Standards in Temple City

Chavez, Blum to sit on ad hoc committee.

Written by RAYMOND TRAN / Published April 22, 2011

Mayor Pro Tempore Tom Chavez and Councilman Carl Blum were appointed to an ad hoc committee Tuesday evening to consider an official code of protocols for the City Council, City commissions and employees.

Chavez, elected to the City Council in 2009, asked his colleagues at the June 1, 2010 city council meeting to allow the formation of ad hoc committee.

The mayor pro tempore will be joined by Councilmember Blum, who was appointed earlier this year to fill the remaining term of former Mayor Judy Wong.

Wong recently pleaded “no contest” to a number of bribery and perjury charges over her alleged role in the Piazza at Temple City corruption scandal. Wong awaits sentencing in July.

According to the Chavez, the purpose of the ad hoc committee is to establish a City Council and Commission Protocols that would “establish standards of conduct for city officials” as well as commissioners and employees.

The yet to be drafted protocol would ensure that the qualities of openness, fairness, and responsible ethics are fulfilled, he said.

“We don’t have anything comparable in our codes,” Chavez stated.

An official protocol would “hold us accountable” and “protect the integrity of our City” he explained.

Chavez commented, “I think this is an excellent time to develop such a document, such a measure that we can hold ourselves up to.”

The City Council, including Mayor Fernando Vizcarra who was absent but indicated his support, unanimously agreed to Chavez’s suggestion.

“I think it’s an excellent recommendation,” Blum said before volunteering to serve on the ad hoc committee.

Councilwoman Cynthia Sternquist, another appointee to the City Council after former Mayor Dave Capra resigned, also agreed, calling it “a good idea.”

“I think that every one of us who sits on the Council today holds ourselves to a standard,” she said.

“I think we need something to put on paper” for the public, she added.

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