TheLiberalOC has learned that Tustin City Manager David Biggs hasn’t requested a hearing before the Tustin City Council which is likely give Mr. Biggs a formal termination date soon.Â The most interesting tidbit that should make tongues wag at tonight’s council meeting is the rumored return of retired city manager Bill Huston to the job as interim city manager.Â
Tustin spokeswoman Lisa Woolery responded to our questions with this statement on Huston’s possible return: “These items are posted for the first time for discussion in closed session this evening. The council has not yet discussed these items so I canâ€™t confirm anything. However, if decisions are made this evening they will be reported out.”
If Huston were to come back, it’s believed he’d be paid at a rate close to what he was receiving plus he’d still be able to pull his pension.Â This, coupled with the $187,500 severance owned to Biggs, is going to wind up costing Tustin taxpayers a pretty penny.Â
Emails coming in show that groups in Tustin, many who have felt Mayor Jerry Amante’s wrath in recent years, are quietly organizing to ascertain the amount of support the idea of a recall has in the community and how passionate some in Tustin are willing to work for Amante’s ouster.Â Other emails reveal that a number of employees at Tustin City Hall are terrified of incurring Amante’s anger for fear of being fired.Â For many long time employees, Amante’s termed out reign of terror can’t come fast enough.
Perhaps tonight, Mayor Amante can address why the city’s legal fees have nearly tripled in the past five years — him being a fiscal conservative and all.