Diamond Bar City Councilman Paul Horcher, ousted a month ago as mayor pro tem, is accusing his fellow council members of violating state law in removing him, and has demanded the post back.
At Tuesday night's council meeting, Horcher said council members violated the Ralph M. Brown Act when they discussed his potential ouster days before they formally voted to remove him and to appoint Councilman Gary Werner to the position.
"I am asking that their action be rescinded for blatant disregard of the Brown Act," Horcher said, passing out to the City Council copies of a letter from his attorney, Carlos F. Negrete.
The act, which requires government officials to hold meetings in public under most circumstances, prohibits one council member from telephoning or meeting with other council members for purposes of reaching a decision, City Atty. Andrew Arczynski said. However, he noted, he does not believe the act was violated in this case.