Walker later said the incident was embarrassing and led to a loss of credibility for the city.
Walker, at Wednesday's council meeting, read and criticized portions of a June 18, 2000, letter sent by staff at the Southern California Association of Governments to Salem, in which SCAG staff admits to erroneously referring to Dhillon as mayor in SCAG's dealing with state officials.
Councilman Larry Grogan said the incident in Sacramento was not the first such incident and that the use of the title by Dhillon has at least led to a loss of credibility for the city and that Dhillon should therefore see some sort of cost as well.
Councilman Jack Dunnam criticized Dhillon for allegedly throwing out the first pitch at Imperial Valley day at a San Diego Padres game as mayor during 2000, when Dunnam was mayor.
Dhillon denied any such thing took place, claiming he has a videotape showing he was introduced at the stadium as councilman.
As at the last council meeting, Dhillon admitted his errors and apologized, adding he does not think the city's credibility has been compromised in Sacramento.
Councilman Jack Terrazas said the publicity the issue has received to date is sufficient punishment and urged the council to put the item behind it and move on.
The other members agreed.
Dhillon said he was pleased the council chose to do so, that the item did not need to be public or as dramatic as it has been made out to be in the media.
"I'm very pleased that that is the theme," he said after the meeting. "It's always been our theme to move forward with the city. I think everybody concluded there's nothing to be gained by these accusations. There's nothing there. It's hearsay. Nobody's proven that I did that."
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