Despite "Financial Crisis," Costa Mesa Council Spending Continues--Record Legal Counsel Fees and Lobdell's Contract Renewed
For all of its talk of a city-wide "financial crisis," the Costa Mesa City Council doesn't seem to believe its own spending needs to be curtailed. In two recent developments, the council went 54-percent over its legal fees budget in 2010-11 and the city signed another 90-day contract with its interim communications director without scouting for other options.
, the city's legal counsel, charged $817,913 in fees during the last fiscal year, according to areport by the Daily Pilot
. That total is 54-percent over the budgeted amount, and is a record high the law firm has billed the city since the pair began working together in 2004.
Do as we say, not as we do...
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