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December 29, 1992 | BERT ELJERA
Despite the objections of Councilman Jim Potts, the City Council last week reaffirmed City Atty. James G. Rourke's status as a municipal employee and said he should continue receiving benefits from the city. Potts' objection was that Rourke, the city's attorney for more than 20 years, was receiving employee benefits for life and health insurance as well as a pension fund at the same time the city paid him on a contractual basis.
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February 4, 1994 | BERT ELJERA
City Atty. James G. Rourke said Thursday that he has retired as a municipal employee and has given up his medical and life insurance benefits to keep his employment from becoming an issue during campaigning for the April 12 city election. But Rourke, 67, said he will stay on as a contract attorney for the city through his law firm, Orange-based Rourke, Woodruff & Spradlin, which already provides legal services to the city.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 1994 | BERT ELJERA
City Atty. James G. Rourke said Thursday that he has retired as a municipal employee and has given up his medical and life insurance benefits to keep his employment from becoming an issue during campaigning for the April 12 city election. But Rourke, 67, said he will stay on as a contract attorney for the city through his law firm, Orange-based Rourke, Woodruff & Spradlin, which already provides legal services to the city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 1993 | BERT ELJERA
The Public Employees Retirement System is investigating whether a 150% increase in the monthly retainer granted to City Atty. James G. Rourke four years ago was "legitimate" or was inflated to boost his pension, a PERS official said. "We're gathering and reviewing information," Ken Marzion, manager of the PERS compensation review unit in Sacramento, said this week. He noted that Rourke is not being investigated for any wrongdoing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 1993 | BERT ELJERA
The Public Employees Retirement System is investigating whether a 150% increase in the monthly retainer granted to City Atty. James G. Rourke four years ago was "legitimate" or was inflated to boost his pension, a PERS official said. "We're gathering and reviewing information," Ken Marzion, manager of the PERS compensation review unit in Sacramento, said this week. He noted that Rourke is not being investigated for any wrongdoing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 1994 | ALAN EYERLY
The City Council wants to know if it is cheaper to employ an in-house city attorney or to use an outside law firm. The council asked for a study that should be completed by its Sept. 19 meeting. City Manager William A. Huston said city officials will find out how cities comparable in size obtain legal services. In the meantime, Tustin will continue to be represented by acting City Atty. Lois E. Jeffrey of the Orange-based firm of Rourke, Woodruff & Spradlin. Jeffrey is a partner of James G.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1990 | SHANNON SANDS
Former Councilman John Kelly and Councilman Earl Prescott have agreed to dismiss their lawsuit against the city and not to refile it. In the agreement approved Tuesday by the City Council, the city will enter arbitration with the two men over attorney fees accumulated by them in a lengthy legal battle over when to hold city elections. The lawsuit sought to overturn an ordinance moving the municipal election from November to April.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 1993 | BERT ELJERA
The City Council has rejected a claim for $5 million each by two anti-abortion activists who were arrested in April for allegedly violating a city ordinance that prohibits picketing of private homes. Allen R. Meadows of Tustin and Duane G. Leach of San Juan Capistrano claimed that their civil rights were violated when police arrested them during a march around the home of a director of an abortion clinic in Tustin. "I don't think they have a case," said City Atty. James G.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1991 | SHANNON SANDS
The end may be in sight for a long dispute over legal fees accrued by two councilmen who lost a bitter battle against changing election dates. An arbitration hearing to decide who should pay about $145,000 in attorney fees has been scheduled for Aug. 27 and 28 in Los Angeles. The fees were for the representation of Councilman Earl J. Prescott and former Councilman John Kelly in their fight against the council majority's decision to change municipal elections from November to April.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 1992 | BERT ELJERA
Despite the objections of Councilman Jim Potts, the City Council last week reaffirmed City Atty. James G. Rourke's status as a municipal employee and said he should continue receiving benefits from the city. Potts' objection was that Rourke, the city's attorney for more than 20 years, was receiving employee benefits for life and health insurance as well as a pension fund at the same time the city paid him on a contractual basis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 1990 | SHANNON SANDS
Many city officials and residents were relieved when a Superior Court judge's last-minute ruling allowed the City Council election to proceed in April. But now it seems the lengthy and costly legal battle is not quite over. Attorneys for Councilman Earl J. Prescott and former Councilman John F. Kelly, who opposed the April election in which Kelly was ousted, filed papers last week objecting to the final judgment proposed by attorneys for the city. Although Judge David H.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 1993 | BERT ELJERA
The City Council has given preliminary approval to an ordinance that will make it harder for groups to solicit money locally for false or nonexisting charities. By unanimous vote, the council last week approved an ordinance that would require groups seeking donations locally to give details about their organization to the public and specifically state if they comply with state law requiring periodic financial reports of their activities.
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