Faced with the prospect of being fired by a new slow-growth majority on the San Gabriel City Council, City Atty. Graham A. Ritchie resigned Tuesday.
Three newly elected city councilmen had made the dismissal of the controversial attorney a campaign pledge.
Ritchie, who agreed last month to pay $300,000 in fines to settle a lawsuit alleging conflict of interest in business dealings in other cities that he also represented, had become a prime target of slow-growth critics of the previous city administration. Ritchie had provided the legal groundwork for the prior council's opposition to a proposed one-year moratorium on development in the city. The moratorium was approved overwhelmingly by voters in December.