Thomas returns to water board

Filippi questions ethics of ex-councilman from Upland
Sandra Emerson, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Created: 10/30/2011 09:45:44 PM PDT

UPLAND – A former councilman’s appointment to a water agency board was narrowly approved last week by the City Council.

Three council members carried the vote to appoint Tom Thomas as the city’s proxy to vote all shares at the annual shareholder’s meeting of the Pomona Valley Protective Agency, a duty Thomas has performed for several years.

But Councilman Gino Filippi did not approve the appointment, saying he believes Thomas is ethically challenged.

“My concern regarding his ethics and integrity stems from an incident when I ran for City Council last year,” Filippi said.

Filippi said Thomas asked him not to run for City Council in 2010 and that he would facilitate an appointment to the council.

Filippi also questions Thomas’ involvement with a loan given to the Grove Theater in the 1990s from the city’s Redevelopment Agency.

“I have requested all Grove Theater documentation from the city clerk to determine what role the former councilman played,” Filippi said.

Thomas, who was on the council for 20 years, was voted out of office in November 2010, when Filippi was elected.

“I ran seven elections, and never once did I seek out someone and seek them not to run,” Thomas said.

Thomas said Filippi had approached him at an event telling him he may run for council but did not think he would win.

“He said he was thinking about running, and I go `Oh really, why do you want to run?”‘ Thomas said. “What he told me was he knew he couldn’t win, but if he came in fourth he’s pretty sure (John Pomierski) would resign and we’d appoint him.”

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