Costa Mesa spent nearly $700,000 in legal fees through the end of January to defend itself from a lawsuit filed by its employees, invoices show.
Total fees have reached $692,379, according to invoices obtained this week by a Daily Pilot public records request.
That figure is
$186,000 higher than the $505,399 reported on the city's website earlier this week. Such a disparity online was a mistake, however, as the total did not account for the months of July, August or January, according to city Assistant Finance Director Colleen O'Donoghue.
The website initially didn't reflect any expenses between July and October — a period where the city accrued $233,444 in fees for representation, according to invoices from Jones Day, the firm acting as the city's outside counsel in the lawsuit from the Costa Mesa City Employees Assn.