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.