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January 10, 2020

Dear Constituent:

Misdemeanor Charge Dismissed

I am happy to report that the misdemeanor charge against me has been dismissed.

As I have discussed in previous newsletters, I made a serious error of judgment in November, 2018 by discussing a developer's offer of financial support for affordable housing in Columbia and my potential support for the project. In my eagerness to advance social equity goals in the community, I overlooked the fact that City Council members should never decide to vote a certain way on the basis of a single factor, nor should any decision be made until the end of the relevant public hearing. However, there would have been no benefit for me and I corrected my error as soon as the City Attorney advised me (a few hours later) that the proposal, if enacted, might be illegal.

After initially charging me with the Class C Misdemeanor of an “attempt" to commit a "prohibited act by an elected official,” the prosecutor has now decided to drop the charge, given my offer to perform community service (please see my attorney’s press release for more details).

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who acknowledged my earlier apology and expressed support for my continued service on the Columbia City Council.

Room at the Inn

Dozens of Columbia residents are homeless. Please join me this winter by volunteering for Room at the Inn (RATI), which provides a warm, safe place for our most vulnerable neighbors to sleep during the cold weather. RATI relies on a large base of volunteers to fill morning, evening, and overnight shifts ranging from 1 hour to 6 hours - please check it out and sign up here. I look forward to seeing you at Room at the Inn!

Constituent Conversations

My next Constituent Conversations will be on Sunday, January 19th, 2-4pm at Dunn Bros. Coffee (upcoming dates are always available at my web site). And your coffee and tea are always on me - just mention that you're visiting with Councilman Thomas, and the staff will put your drinks on my account!

Cheers, Ian