10:00 PM PDT on Monday, September 27, 2010

By ALICIA ROBINSON
The Press-Enterprise

A Riverside neighborhood group has refiled a complaint against Councilman Steve Adams, this time alleging he used city management to retaliate when the group didn’t let him speak at its meeting.

On Monday, members of La Sierra/Arlanza Neighborhood Alliance turned in an amended ethics complaint to the city.

According to the complaint, the issue arose at a Sept. 2 meeting of the alliance when Adams was not on the agenda but showed up and requested to speak. After being told he could talk at the end of the program, Adams spoke with one of two city employees set to discuss road construction, and all three then left, the complaint stated.

The alliance first filed a complaint Sept. 13. City Manager Brad Hudson responded last week with an e-mail, saying Adams had received complaints that the group “was misrepresenting (its) scope and authority,” and was there to give information. Hudson wrote that he, not Adams, decided not to let staff members give their presentation, and so he was dismissing the complaint.

The city charter says council members are not to interfere in personnel matters or give staff orders.

Sharon Mateja, a board member of the alliance, said Monday she’s never heard any concerns about the group, which was formed in 2009. She said members weren’t seeking status as an official neighborhood council, which is apparently what Adams was there to talk about.

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