Dawson holds firm in the belief that you have to do the right thing, even when no one is watching you. This includes discussing matters that involve other councilman.
On April 21st, 2017 the Riverside city board of ethics heard the complaint against incumbent ward 2 councilman Andy Melendrez. The ethics commission has recommended that the city council move this matter the California State Attorney General. The Attorney General will determine if Councilman Melendrez did indeed violate the Brown Act.