LocationAlhambra , CA United States
The Alhambra City Council voted 4-0 to appoint Jessica Binnquist as city manager on Monday, citing her capabilities as a city administrator as the reason.
A few members of Grassroots Alhambra, a local advocacy group, spoke in opposition to Binnquist’s appointment, citing her managing of federal funding as reason why she shouldn’t get the job. One member, Eric Sunada, said that Binnquist advocated for using $8 million in income from the Department of Housing and Urban Development on a wasteful parking structure, when that money was meant for Alhambra’s low income residents.
City Council members defended Binnquist, saying that any policy position she took was at the direction of the City Council, and that the City of Alhambra had never been found to have misused HUD funds. They praised her capability as a city administrator.
*Eric Sunada is a member of the Alhambra Source’s advisory board.