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The city council and its members shall deal with the administrative services of the city only through the city manager, except for the purpose of inquiry, and neither the city council nor any member thereof shall give orders to any subordinates of the city manager (emphasis added).

West Covina Code of Ordinances 

Division 2. City Manager. Section 2-151. Powers and Duties

Subsection (q) Council Manager Relations

Why are West Covina's Legal Expenses Skyrocketing?

West Covina’s legal expenses have skyrocketed since 2018 when the “Wu council majority” took over.  The number of complaints and lawsuits filed against the City of West Covina reflects a failure of leadership and management.  It is a concern that most of the complaints and lawsuits are filed by employees due to councilmembers violating the above referenced policy.  Councilmember Tony Wu plays a prominent role violating this ordinance. 


This page provides examples of inappropriate council involvement in city administrative processes that resulted in complaints and lawsuits.

  • Legal Testimony Excerpts



At Will Employment

City Manager Hiring

City Ordinance 2-151:
Change to City Manager Appointment Power

Conflicts of Interest

Firefighter Association Elected Official Endorsement Process

Testimony By

  • News Sources

Ogden, G.  (2019, May 2-8.)  New West Covina City Manager Fires Both Police and Fire ChiefsSan Gabriel Valley Examiner.

Montoya, R.  (2023, May 18.)   West Covina holds hearing on event controversy amid criminal investigation against councilmember.  SAC Media.


Valdes, G.  (2023, May 17.)  West Covina councilmember under LA County Sheriff investigation, officials said.  San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

            These reports are mentioned in the above articles by Ruben Montoya and Georgia Valdes:

                     Today's Incident ("I'm going to punch you in the face.")

                    Incident of August 6 - Fire Department Badge Pinning Ceremony

Valdes, G.  (2023, May 13.)   West Covina leaders’ comments doomed Indigenous blessing, report says.  San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

               The article links to this report:     JL Group, LLC.  Summary of Investigation

                                                            Land Acknowledgement Incident at Centennial Event

                                                            City of West Covina

For articles on related or additional issues, see Resources.

Update:  06/13/24 jp

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