Unavoidable contact or personal grudge?
The incident apparently stemmed from a long and emotional council meeting Wednesday night as city officials reviewed possible budget cuts and heard several hours of public testimony by citizens who spoke against reductions in different city departments — police, fire, library, museum and public works.
The next evening city officials and chamber members gathered at the Fandango restaurant near City Hall to celebrate the city’s joining the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
During the event, words were exchanged between Davis and businesswoman Melody Stein, who had spoken at the council meeting against reductions in the police budget, according to several witnesses.
Davis allegedly touched Stein on the arm, then jostled her as he brushed past her to leave the room.