Government Law

L.A. Councilman Wants the Entity to Hire Its Own Lawyers Rather Than Rely in City Attorney's Office

Paul Krekorian, a Los Angeles city councilman, wants the entity to hire its own lawyers, rather than wait for help from the city attorney’s office.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Krekorian submitted a motion Friday that seeks a ballot measure to change the city charter, allowing the office of the Chief Legislative Analyst to hire lawyers. The motion states that budget limitations stretch the abilities of the city attorney’s office.

“This has resulted in the delay of many key ordinances which the council is waiting to adopt,” Krekorian said, “as well as in other legal services necessary for the council to proceed with its duties and responsibilities.”

William Carter, chief deputy to Los Angeles city attorney Carmen Trutanich, criticized the proposal.

“They’re creating a whole new bureaucracy that will cost more money,” he said. “They can correct any deficiencies by fully funding the city attorney’s office. All they have to do is provide more resources.”

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