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JOE JANIS, San Clemente

The reason the city is contracting with BB&K is because BB&K is a reputable and competent law firm with tremendous experience in representing municipalities. 

Four years ago, Dan Bane, Gene James and Laura Ferguson ran on the same ticket for a seat on City Council. One of their campaign promises was to evaluate BB&K law firm and ascertain if the firm’s fees were justifiable. After a thorough evaluation of the firm’s charges, both Bane and James concluded that the charges were justified, as did all previous and sitting councilmembers.

Ferguson and her attorney did not agree with the evaluation and, for the past three or four years, have taken every opportunity to inform us about increasing attorney fees and how incompetent they believe the firm is. 

In Ferguson’s letter, she failed to mention that her and her attorney’s actions have been one of the causes of these rising legal fees. I recently Googled “litigation against San Clemente” and found Ferguson and her attorney have been quite active in litigating against, or threatening litigation against, San Clemente.

Ferguson’s false allegations and damaging public comments about our ex-city manager caused his resignation and ended in a successful lawsuit against the city. Her fight against being censured continues to incur legal expenses.

It is OK if she believes she was wronged, but it is not OK to blame BB&K for increasing attorney fees when her and her attorney’s actions are a significant portion of those increasing fees.  

Councilmember Ferguson claims to be a taxpayer advocate and states she wants to reduce the city’s budget. She can begin by stopping all the drama and stopping the constant need to prove herself right and others wrong. 

It is only costing us money and wasting our time. Seems like placing blame on others has become the norm in American politics. We don’t need this in San Clemente; we need councilmembers that can put our needs before their own egos. 

Stop all the nonsense; there are too many important issues facing us.

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