The City Council has voted 3 to 2 to continue to pay for lawyers to represent two of its members in connection with an investigation of the Huntington Park Casino.
So far, the city has paid about $17,000 in attorney's fees for Councilman Thomas E. Jackson, and $1,300 in legal fees for Mayor Jack W. Parks, city officials said.
The Sheriff's Department and district attorney's office are investigating allegations of profit-skimming and other improprieties at the casino. The casino, which is on city-owned land, paid Huntington Park about $350,000 in lease payments last year.
No one has been charged in the investigation. The city officials said they are innocent of any wrongdoing.
Last April, sheriff's deputies and investigators from the district attorney's office searched and seized records from the officials' homes and offices. A week later, the council voted to pay for lawyers, if needed, for Councilmen Jackson, Parks and William P. Cunningham.