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By Curt Honingford | April 13, 2012
I know my shortcomings. One of which is the inability to understand government — local to federal and everything in between. As a result, I never miss an opportunity to learn more about civics and politics. I've discovered if you look closely, lessons are everywhere. For instance, the Daily Pilot published a letter from Robert C. Hawkins ( "Don't limit citizen involvement at City Hall," April 8). Reading beyond the headline provides a crystal clear glimpse into the dark and dreary side of politics, on any level.
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By John Stephens | March 21, 2012
Re "Residents seek to intervene in city charter lawsuit," March 21: In the article about my and Katrina Foley's intervention in City Clerk Julie Folcik's Mandamus Petition, Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer suggested that I was somehow involved with unions. There is absolutely no basis for that insinuation. I have never been in a union. I have never represented a union. I have never had a case against a union. I have never received one penny from a union. For the first nine years I practiced law, I worked for a large international law firm.
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By Joseph Serna | February 1, 2012
Cities statewide saw their redevelopment agencies officially dissolve Wednesday after a Sacramento County judge refused to put a hold on the process during a court hearing last week. Attorneys from the Costa Mesa-based Rutan & Tucker law firm argued Friday that portions of a state law that dissolved the RDAs were unconstitutional and exceeded the governor's powers during a fiscal emergency. They were seeking an emergency stay on the law, which took effect Wednesday. The firm represented a coalition of 10 Southern California cities that did not include Costa Mesa.
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By Joseph Serna | January 27, 2012
A Costa Mesa-based law firm on Feb. 1 is representing a coalition of cities hoping to block the December decision to dissolve the state's redevelopment agencies. Attorneys for Rutan & Tucker argued before a Sacramento County Superior Court judge, asking that he block the plan that has local implications for cities statewide that rely on the RDAs' tax revenue to improve distressed areas. "We're seeking a stay order that would preserve the status quo and primarily not dissolve redevelopment agencies," said lawyer Bill Ihrke.
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November 5, 2011
Irvine business law firm Shulman Hodges & Bastian will be honored with an award for Small Business Philanthropy by the Assn. of Fundraising Professionals on National Philanthropy Day. The national organization, which promotes fundraising efforts worldwide, will recognize the law firm along with seven other county recipients Nov. 15 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove. "Our employees take a lot of pride in the fact that we got the award," said Managing Partner Leonard Shulman.
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By Joseph Serna | September 7, 2011
COSTA MESA — The City Council on Tuesday approved contracting with one law firm to see the city through its workforce outsourcing effort, and a second law firm to defend those contentious outsourcing plans in court. In a 3-1 vote, the council approved continuing to consult with Northern California-based HansonBridgett law firm at $295 to $325 an hour as Costa Mesa puts city services out for bids. Councilwoman Wendy Leece dissented. Councilman Eric Bever was absent. Costa Mesa also tapped the Jones Day law firm at $495 an hour to defend itself against a city employee group's lawsuit that challenges the proposed outsourcing.
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By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | August 19, 2011
COSTA MESA — The Orange County Employees Assn. is calling for the city to suspend the contract with its law firm and investigate the unauthorized media leak of a draft report about a city worker's death. "This leak of sensitive information by city contractors is inexcusable," OCEA Assistant General Manager Lisa Major wrote to Costa Mesa Chief Executive Tom Hatch on Friday. Major pointed to an Aug. 4 article in the Orange County Register that said the newspaper had obtained a draft report prepared by Talon Executive Services, a firm that does private investigations and security work for government agencies and other clients.
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By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | June 23, 2011
COSTA MESA — The city's law firm has broken long-standing professional ties with former interim Police Chief Steve Staveley, whose allegations of "unethical" and "immoral" conduct at City Hall stunned the community. Richard D. Jones, a partner with the Fullerton-based Jones & Mayer law firm, criticized Staveley for lambasting city officials when he resigned in protest Monday as interim police chief, according to a letter obtained Thursday by the Daily Pilot. The firm provides legal counsel to the city, which does not have an in-house attorney.
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By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | May 30, 2011
COSTA MESA - The city has saved millions of dollars since contracting out its city attorney duties to the Jones and Mayer law firm in the 2004-05 fiscal year, data released by city shows. In the five years since Jones and Mayer was hired, Costa Mesa has paid about $4.7 million for legal representation. In the five years before, the city paid more than $7.5 million for its own in-house attorney, records show. The annual savings averaged about $550,000 though costs fluctuated year to year by hundreds of thousands of dollars.
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By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | April 4, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — Sixty years ago, a lawyer could make his career off the railroads. These days, a more diverse portfolio is required. In 1951, Newport Beach law firm Cummins & White was formed to serve a then-booming business in railroad law with goliath clients, such as the Santa Fe Southern Railway. This month, the firm celebrates its 60th anniversary and acknowledges the many clients — some who have been with the firm for decades — who helped the business thrive, managing partner James Wakefield said Monday.
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