Lake Elsinore Mayor Resigns

Bhutta's resignation was dated today at 2:49 p.m.

During what was to be a regularly scheduled Lake Elsinore City Council meeting Tuesday night, Mayor Amy Bhutta formally resigned her post and her position on the council via an emailed letter.

Bhutta's resignation was dated today at 2:49 p.m.

The emailed letter was read aloud Tuesday night at the Cultural Center by City Clerk Virginia Bloom. (To watch the proceedings and the letter being read aloud, click here and select the Video option for the July 26 meeting.)

In her email, Bhutta cited family reasons for her resignation.

"After much thought and consideration we have decided to leave our beloved city,” Bhutta wrote.

Bhutta said in her email that she is moving to Minnesota to spend more time with family after residing in Lake Elsinore for 13 years.

In addition to her mayorship, Bhutta has served as a teacher in the Lake Elsinore Unified School District.

The letter thanked city residents, council members, commissioners, staff, volunteers, as well as public safety officials.

Bhutta was elected to the council in November 2008 and began her mayorship this year. Her term on the council was set to expire in 2012.

Bhutta’s letter was read aloud after Mayor Pro Tem Bob Magee declared there was not a quorum to conduct the meeting. Bhutta and council members Melissa Melendez and Daryl Hickman were absent Tuesday.

Tuesday’s agenda will be rolled to the next Lake Elsinore City Council meeting scheduled Aug. 9 at 7 p.m.

aristotle July 27, 2011 at 12:53 PM
I join Ms Soto in her thanks and wishes.
aristotle July 27, 2011 at 12:54 PM
best comment yet, Paul!
Scott Zettlemoyer July 27, 2011 at 03:43 PM
Best wishes to her and her family. I wish I had the courage and faith to leave this state.
David Pereira July 27, 2011 at 03:53 PM
Melissa Melendez should be reassigned as Mayor. Forget Magee, he has his eyes set on the Assembly now, not Elsinore anymore. Melendez is the only Councilor willing to meet with and discuss City issues with any concerned resident. I can't remember the last time Hickman did anything for the City. During his re-election bid he promised us a sports complex. Where is it? Where's the sports complex Darryl? Tisdale got elected on the promise of improving the City but I have yet to read one article involving him so I guess he's just on neutral for now. Man this Council is lame. If it weren't for Melendez, I'd have distaste for the entire Council with good reason.
David Pereira July 27, 2011 at 03:58 PM
and maybe it's the Marine in me but when a leader quits in the middle of their term, it's pretty shameful. I don't get why Bhutta is getting everyone's respect and well-wishes, she quit via email after doing nothing with her stint as Mayor. If she were in the military and tried quitting amid her duties, she'd be arrested.
Diana July 27, 2011 at 04:04 PM
Well said David, I attended a Council meeting and saw Bhutta's professional skills in action, she was not only arrogant but condescending to those trying to speak and sat up on the podium as if she were Queen, I took the time to send her an email and express my concerns of matters withing our town, her response was short and sweet "thanks for your correspondence", I personally am glad that she is leaving. As for Melendez she is the only hope that this City has and Magee needs to take his controlling self to the Assembly, the sooner the better. This town needs council members that bring action and positive changes to this shabby town, not those that are using it as a stepping stone for their political career or those that want to add to their resume, LE is in dire trouble and needs help now!!!!!!!!!!
Carol July 27, 2011 at 04:18 PM
Why do you need courage and faith to leave this state? What's holding you back?
Jackie July 27, 2011 at 04:25 PM
Thank you Amy for all you did for my two kids, they are doing great in college. You are a class act, we will miss you. Please stay in touch. Hope all is well with your family in Minnesota. Some people cling on to power, but you always did what was best for this community. Good luck and God bless! Jackie, Jacob and Jamie
Gaylene Hoar July 27, 2011 at 04:35 PM
Okay Melinda....Lets all rally round our city. YOU are our cheerleader. We just need to know what to do? How can the average joe help? We can all complain but until you have filled those shoes, zip it!
Rod July 27, 2011 at 04:38 PM
Madam, I will miss you thank you for serving our community for the last three years. You were our favorite council member. Take it easy now!!!!!!
"DJ" Doreen Johnson July 27, 2011 at 05:01 PM
Good luck to you miss and thank you for being part of our small town for the past thirteen years- You will be missed!!
scooter July 27, 2011 at 05:05 PM
TO all you that are dissicing the Mayor. Lake Elsinore is is in such a state that it might be beyond repair and become a gangsta city. HOw about helping the people and encourage business and commerce instaed of too much red tape and power mongers? Heck we are supposed bo neighbors here not a elititest city. Where is the fun?
Dale Larson July 27, 2011 at 05:27 PM
I respect your decision...your family should come first. Wow, it takes a lot to walk away from power. It is very sad to lose someone like you to Minnesota. I left that state back in the 80s, couldn't take the cold. I hope you and your family find sometime to go fishing. Take care! Trust me you will be missed!!!!!!!
Rosa Hasler July 27, 2011 at 05:38 PM
Thank you for your service. Good luck in your new location.
Tina Tyra July 27, 2011 at 07:07 PM
I understand family issues, but I agree with David in that she hasn't earned respect. If she had to leave and quit her post, the very least she could have done would have been to show up and make the announcement in person. It's called class.
Kristine Anderson July 27, 2011 at 10:02 PM
Thank you Amy for serving the residents of LE. You will be missed and good luck with you and your family in MN. Prayers and blessings to you and your family.
Joanie July 27, 2011 at 10:13 PM
Although the Mayors reasons for leaving are her own personal business and explanations beyond what has already been stated aren't necessary, one last appearance before the city council to resign in person would have been the respectful thing to do. Having said that, not knowing the nature of her reasons which could have been emotionally traumatic if it involved close family members, I can only wish Amy Bhutta and her family well. Being judgmental comes easy, walking in another's shoes, not so much.
Steve July 28, 2011 at 01:56 AM
David, I like a lot of your comments. Why don't you run for council.
LETooLong July 29, 2011 at 03:19 AM
She is probably leaving as she knows the city is going to downhill fast with the
LETooLong July 29, 2011 at 03:25 AM
new low income housing project. I especially like the article comparing it to the infamous Cabrini Green Housing Projects in Chicago. Everyone who is not familiar with that housing project please take a minute to Google it and learn what our new housing project is being compared to. It gives me the chills thinking about it. Lake Elsinore is not getting better it is getting worse. I have owned a house and paid taxes here for a very long time and I don't like what I see. I am working on getting my kids out of here as soon as I can. It is unfortunate as I really did love it out here at one time.
Anon July 29, 2011 at 02:57 PM
I have to agree with you. I emailed her several times when she was mayor and I got results right away. She forwarded my issues on and things were handled quickly. Go Melissa!
Anon July 29, 2011 at 03:00 PM
I think its not a city thing, its a California thing! Too many liberals running the show and its screwing up the whole state!
Diana July 29, 2011 at 04:13 PM
Fixing the problem with the State needs to begin at a local City level, and go upward from there in my opinion. As far as I am concerned for every Council Member that removes themselves and leaves room for someone new is only a bonus for those of us that live here with the exception of Hickman and Melissa, not sure about Tysdale. This town needs to have action not a bunch of idiots that just want to "dream extreme".
Connie July 29, 2011 at 07:53 PM
I agree 100% with you, Diana! Unfortunately, the people once again will have no choice on the matter. Magee and Tisdale are the same as one. I voted for Mr. Tisdale and thaught he was his own man, but I was wrong. I understand that he is working as an advisor or such on Magee's run for state office. If I am mistaken, I do hope he will clarify this. I have not emailed him or spoken to Mr. Tisdale, ever since he voted to extend Brady's contract. The only opinion that counts in this town is theirs and Chris Hyland.
David Pereira July 29, 2011 at 10:05 PM
I would like to run for Council but I feel I'm too vocal. I"m not really the politically correct type. But I'll tell you, if I did run it would be under the campaign of bringing sidewalks to the City. The three major attractions to the city and the lake, the stadium, and Skydive Elsinore, are all bound by roads with no sidewalks. If we want this to be a tourist destination then let's take a look at the first thing a tourist would see when coming into our City. To get to the lake by any exit from the 15 will bring you past at least miles of no sidewalks. When going to the stadium or the jump school from any exit you'll pass miles of no sidewalks and bus stops with no benches. I see children walking on Grand Ave in the street on the way to work. Take a drive down Lakeshore Drive toward the lake; where are the sidewalks? Call me old fashioned but when I'm driving down the street, any street, I like to see sidewalks and trees. It keeps the streets a lot cleaner and it provides a barrier from traffic and neighborhoods. This is what I would run on.
Steve July 30, 2011 at 01:53 AM
Nina August 16, 2011 at 05:49 AM
Spoken from Connie with the big dream for the lake. I remember something about an island and gondola!
Diana August 16, 2011 at 04:35 PM
Nina.........the slogan for LE is "Dream Extreme" therefore an island or gondola isn't to far out of the realm of things for this town....i myself would like to see a bit more action and a little less dreaming from everyone involved in City Hall!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
waltier December 24, 2011 at 07:37 AM
....i have lived n lake elsinore for 3yrs. and what seems to b missing is Independance & Control..there is a screaming potential that lay quietly within Lake Elsinore...with the Right Person and Support of a Solution for a Growth.. this City could uncover What once Was could be Again....i Which i could be maYor !
waltier December 24, 2011 at 07:43 AM
Emotions confuse my spelling....correc tion of my conclusion...."i Wish i could be maYor !".......HaPPy Holidays To All of Lake Elsinore


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