Mayor Voluntarily Recuses Himself From City Council Pot Decision Citing ‘Appearance of Conflict’
Mayor Harry Sidhu listens to public comments at a meeting of the Anaheim City Council sometime in December 2019.
By DUANE ROBERTS
Editor & Publisher
Mayor Harry Sidhu voluntarily recused himself from participating in last night’s city council meeting discussion on whether or not cannabis businesses should be legalized to operate within the City of Anaheim.
In a brief statement, Sidhu said:
Next item on the agenda is item #23 is an ordinance of the city council for the municipal code for cannabis distribution. This particular item I had great discussion with my city attorney. I took the claims of conflict of interest very seriously and worked with our city attorney on this issue. While he advised that there is no conflict of interest under the FPPC regulation, I feel it is important to not create even an appearance of conflict, thus in an abundance of caution, [I’m] recusing myself from this item ….
Days before the meeting, The Anaheim Investigator published a series of articles about Rohan Sidhu, the mayor’s 23-year old son, pointing out he runs a firm that offers “design and operational consulting for the legal cannabis industry.”
Furthermore, The Investigator acquired a copy of Rohan’s latest voter registration form from the Orange County Registrar of Voters, where he listed his father’s four-acre estate in Anaheim Hills as being his primary residence.
Despite a robust debate at last night’s city council meeting about legalizing cannabis businesses, no action was taken. The matter was continued until June 9th where, presumably, Mayor Sidhu will voluntarily recuse himself again.