November 20, 2012 in Uncategorized By: Dave Emerson
(Los Alamitos, 11/20/2012) The Los Alamitos City Attorney who advised the City Council they were following the law “to a T” dropped a bombshell at last night’s City Council meeting.
Early in the meeting, just before Public Comments, she announced she would be gone no later than January 31 of the new year.
It was both a smart and gracious move on her part, a move which should help our new Council turn the page on four ugly years of litigation, recrimination, and a flood of accusations of Brown Act Violations.
Hopefully our new Council can find someone so outstanding that they can all agree on our new City Attorney, as was the case with our current City Manager.
I found Levin to be professional, gracious, and thoughtful one on one, but I was repeatedly confounded by the legal advice she provided our Council:
- Orange County Superior Court Judge Andrew Banks certainly didn’t agree with Ms. Levin’s analysis of the trash contrace, ruling that Council Members Troy Edgar, Ken Stephens, and Marilyn Poe had “voted to break the law” in awarding the bid to the second highest bidder. Sadly, Levin and her firm apparently made hundreds of thousands of dollars because of that bad advice.
- Levin also apparently gave less than accurate advice regarding alleged Brown Act violations by Council Member Kusumoto while apparently giving the Council advice that led to additional Brown Act violations.
- In addition, at last month’s Candidate Forum all four City Council Candidates questioned the expansive nature of the “telephone users tax reduction and modernization” Levin authored.
After the forum Dean Grose told me that he thought it was time for Levin to move on. [ad]
Apparently Levin could read the writing on the wall and graciously saved the City and herself what might have been another ugly and divisive battle, and for that I say a loud “thank you!” to Ms. Levin.
The resignation clears the deck for the Council to move forward and work together for a brighter future for Los Alamitos’ future.
One more thing we can all give thanks for this week!