Compton City Councilman Isaac Galvan has levied some disturbing allegations against his colleague for what he calls “insulting” comments she allegedly made about his son during a marathon closed session city council meeting.
The Compton city council convened July 13 for a regular city council meeting. Closed session began at 4:30 p.m. and lasted for nearly four hours.
The item subject to the closed session was a temporary appointment for the position of City Manager.
“According to the charter, a current employee must resign before being appointed city manager,” said Robert Ray.
City Attorney Damon Brown stated “there was no reportable action” on the item, which continues to leave the city without its top executive.
“I will ask the Clerk [Alita Godwin] to re-agendize this item for the next council meeting,” said Mayor Emma Sharif.
The fireworks began during the end of the meeting, during council comments.
Councilman Isaac Galvan stated he wanted to alert the public as to why the council was in closed session for such an extended period of time, which also occurred during the July 6 meeting.
“I usually don’t say anything and don’t argue with my colleagues, but I draw the line with Councilwoman Michelle Chambers cussing me out for the last two week’s and calling my five year old son an “ugly wetback”,” said Galvan. “I believe she was drunk when she made this statement.”
Councilman Jonathan Bowers describes being subjected to similar behavior the week prior.
Chambers literally begged her colleagues to share with the public that she didn’t make those comments, and both the mayor and city attorney declined citing “potential” Brown Act violations.
The Brown Act would cover the agenda items only, not discussions regarding personal issues.
Chambers declared she wanted to file a lawsuit against Galvan for what she describes as “slander”.
During the July 6 meeting, Brown had a stenographer present to record the meeting, but it is unknown whether there was someone transcribing the July 13 meeting.
The public viewing the minutes described Chambers as “rude” and “aggressive” as we watched her constant interrupting of her colleagues during their comments, and at one point the mayor had to ask her multiple times to be quiet because she was speaking out of order.
“Michelle Chambers is childish and unprofessional, has a bad attitude and is disruptive and the antics she displays at council meetings is nauseating,” said Elizabeth Ramos.
“This is problematic,” siad Rodney Lister, as he watched the chaotic scene unfold between Galvan and Chambers.
Neither Chamber or Galvan could be reached for comment.