By Robert Haugh
Last night, the City Council had a “special meeting” to review City Attorney Brian Doyle.
Before going into a closed session, the public had an opportunity to comment. That’s when former City Clerk and Council candidate Bob O’Keefe asked each Council member to answer a question directly.
O’Keefe wanted each Coucilmember to disclose whether or not they have had discussions with the 49ers or their representatives about removing Doyle.
As City Attorney, Doyle has been successful in efforts to stop the 49ers from lowering their own rent.
Doyle has also filed complaints against team execs Jim Mercurio and Al Guido for self-dealing and having financial conflict of interests.
Mayor Lisa Gillmor and Councilwoman Kathy Watanabe answered no. So did Councilmen Anthony Becker and Raj Chahal.
Then, Councilman Suds Jain said, “Yes, the 49ers have expressed to me that they would like to see Brian Doyle gone.”
Councilwoman Karen Hardy wouldn’t answer directly about the 49ers. But she said “I’ve had several people express their concerns about the City Attorney and I let them talk. But I don’t really respond.”
Councilman Kevin Park avoided answering the question completely. He said his opinions are his own.
Yesterday, it was discovered that Jain and Hardy gave inconsistent answers to how they called for a “special meeting,” according to the City’s outside legal counsel, Jenica Maldonado of the Renne Public Law Group.
That’s why the City Council had to re-notice the meeting last night.
After the closed session, Gillmor announced that Maldonado will bring up to three facilitators to the City Council for interviews. The purpose is to facilitate Doyle’s performance review.
The vote was unanimous, according to Gillmor.
This is a developing story.