Monday, July 30, 2007 | Friday’s Union-Tribune had an article reporting that:

[T]he city must pay the legal fees for city workers and former retirement board members who were sued by City Attorney Michael Aguirre, an appellate court has ruled. The decision is the latest setback for Aguirre. … The legal bills total about $1.5 million.

“This is an expensive reminder of how one elected official can cause economic damage on the public treasury by some poorly thought-out, rash judgments,” said Bob Rose, the lawyer for former retirement board member John Torres, who was sued twice by Aguirre.

We San Diego employees have seen almost a doubling of MEA fees to pay for legal expenses. This ruling opens the legal door for the MEA suing the city for all these legal expenses, so we can be reimbursed. Employees are being penalized unjustly, not only financially, but in untold mental anguish and disrupted careers that no amount of money can compensate.

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