SBDPolitics: City Attorney Penman to Mayor and Common Council: the voters heard the arguments, the voters said no, “go ahead and defy them.”
November 22, 2011 Leave a comment
Over on sbdpolitics.com, there is a discussion of what transpired at yesterday’s Mayor and Common Council Meeting regarding the request for an additional appropriation on today’s San Bernardino City Council Meeting. Click on the link in the previous sentence to go directly to the article.
The legal background is that the City of San Bernardino enters into professional services agreements with outside counsel. For this fiscal year, which began on July 1, 2011, the City Attorney’s Office has already gone through the budgeted amount. City Attorney James F. Penman says that if the City does not pay the bills, the outside counsel will withdraw, they may sue the City for the services incurred, and the City will have to pay whether they are budgeted in the City Attorney’s departmental budget or not.
To his challenge, the City Council voted on partisan lines to deny the additional appropriation to pay for the contracts approved by the Mayor and Common Council. Read more by clicking on the link.
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