The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday agreed to let Mayor Richard Riordan bring in former City Atty. Burt Pines to help investigate a top aide's controversial role in a contract dispute that evolved into a suit against the city.
Pines, now in private practice, will donate his time in investigating aide Michael Keeley's release of city legal strategy documents to a private attorney on the opposing side. Keeley's action, discovered last week by the city attorney's office, touched off a firestorm when City Atty. James Hahn disclosed the incident and demanded Keeley's firing.