[Riverside County] No grand jury report is good news, La Quinta attorney tells council

A grand jury complaint filed last year against La Quinta’s city manager and council is past due for a report, leading city attorney Bill Ihrke to conclude that the allegations could not be substantiated – or may not have been deemed worth investigating at all.

Grand jury proceedings are confidential, so unless a report is issued, it is not known what attention – if any – a complaint may have been given. 

In California, grand juries serve one year, from July 1 through June 30, and reports must be filed by the end of that year. There is no grace period, according to the California Grand Jury Association’s website.

“If a report is to be issued, a city must be allowed to respond to findings and recommendations before a report is final,” Ihrke said.

“Based on our research of when these reports would be issued (before July 1) … we do think it’s more likely than not that no report will come from that complaint,” he told the council Tuesday.

“So, in this case, no news is good news?” Mayor Linda Evans asked.

“That is correct,” Ihrke said.

December 6, 2017

The Desert Sun

By Sherry Barkas