CLAYTON -- The City Council moved along quietly on Tuesday without embattled Vice Mayor Joe Medrano, who resigned from council the previous day after his conviction for felony embezzlement.
With Medrano gone and David Shuey absent Tuesday, the meeting started a few minutes late as the council waited for a third member to arrive. The council must have a quorum of three members to hold a meeting.
Medrano's council name plate was missing from the dais, and there was little public mention of his departure.
City Attorney Malathy Subramanian made a brief statement saying the city had received Medrano's resignation notice on Monday. No council members publicly acknowledged the conviction or resignation.
Medrano sent an email to council members, city administrators and local media on Monday, saying he was resigning "to allow the city to begin moving past these unfortunate circumstances."
On Oct. 11, a jury in Redwood City found Medrano guilty of one count of felony embezzlement. Medrano, an insurance broker, was accused of taking $159,000 from a client and not forwarding it to the insurance company.
He pleaded not guilty and ran for re-election despite the pending criminal trial. Medrano faces a maximum of four years in state prison and will be sentenced Dec. 12.
His name will remain on the Nov. 6 ballot along with four other candidates running for three seats.
"Instead of five candidates there's now four,"
"He's been through a real challenging time," said challenger Jim Diaz. "Again, I wish him well."
Incumbents Julie Pierce and Howard Geller are also candidates in the Nov. 6 election.
It appears the council will operate with four members until a fifth is sworn in at a meeting in December.
In a statement, Medrano said he will file an appeal and expects the verdict to be reversed.
"I am blessed to live in a community that cares about me as much as I care about them," wrote Medrano.
In other council news, final revenue figures exceeded projections in the June 30 budget by $287,374, thanks in part to a boost in property taxes, building permit fees and redevelopment property tax trust fund distribution.
"This is quite a remarkable occurrence given today's time and economy," Finance Manager Merry Pelletier told council members.
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