A special commission meeting was held this past Monday, March 9, by South Pasadena commissioners to discuss a motion to remove their mayor for reasons of “malfeasance, misfeasance, neglect of duty and incompetence,” according to the meeting’s agenda.
After concerns were raised by South Pasadena’s City Commission regarding the mayor’s past professional conduct and actions, an outside investigator, W. Russell Hamilton, III, was brought on to conduct a formal investigation.
Hamilton, in the report of his investigation, characterized the mayor as, “a very bright, well-educated individual with abundant business and management experience,” but went on to add that the mayor also, “has a capacity to be snide, petty, condescending, sarcastic, belligerent and unnecessarily combative, and has what seems to be an almost manic need to pursue personal vendettas.”
Commissioners agreed to allow Mayor Calabria one more week to prepare himself and his defense before adjourning their March 9 meeting. The new hearing regarding the removal of the Mayor will be at 9 a.m., on March 16.