At the October 16 (South Pasadena) City Council meeting, four members of that body went on record supporting their colleague David Margrave in his hour of need. They saw no need to recover taxpayer dollars paid to Margrave's plumbing firm in direct violation of Section 1090 of the Government Code covering conflict of interest.
Their action indicated to me that they either did not bother to read a May 23, 1985, unanimous state Supreme Court opinion relating to conflict of interest, or they did not concur with that decision and chose to ignore it.
Each City Council member was presented a copy of the opinion five months ago, more than adequate time to peruse the 38-page document.
Councilman Ted Shaw's motion to sustain payment to Margrave and absolve him of reimbursing the city suggests that he did not grasp the intent of the high court.