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City Officials Mull Councilman's Arrest
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Rumors flew fast and furious in Riverbank by Monday morning, but there were no further official developments in the case of City Councilmember Jesse James White, who was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine and violation of probation during a routine probation search of his home and car on Friday. He was released from county jail on bail later that day.

His mother Ida White, reportedly, arranged a press conference by White and his attorney at Riverbank City Hall for Monday afternoon. Two television news trucks and a newspaper reporter turned up, but White did not show and the conference never happened.

City Manager Rich Holmer, meanwhile, met with Mayor Virginia Madueno behind closed doors to discuss the situation and commented city officials would make no decision until they had talked to White.

A controversial figure on the council since his election in November of 2008 at the age of 20, White admitted during his campaign that he had been arrested for driving under the influence in 2007 and was on probation for a "wet and reckless" conviction after the initial charge of marijuana possession was reduced.

Last year a Stanislaus County grand jury recommended he resign from office on grounds he applied to run for the council before he registered to vote in the city. That was before an unsuccessful citizen's group effort to recall him.

Besides serving on the council, White is running as a Republican for the party's nomination in the 25th Assembly District.

His political platform focuses on opposition to more taxes. He and his grandfather, Dave White, who has served many years on the council, have stymied the city's efforts to raise the sewer rates by voting against the proposal that requires a 4-1 majority to pass.

Contacted Monday, Dave White said he had been out of town, was still out of town and knew nothing about the circumstances surrounding his grandson's arrest.

The council is due to meet Monday, May 24, at a budget workshop starting at 5:30 p.m., followed by the regular council meeting beginning at 7 p.m.