Burbank ranks among heavier spenders on attorney fees

Burbank -- which has been entangled in a series of lawsuits over the years -- ranked No. 16 among 88 cities in Los Angeles County for the amount of money spent per capita on attorney fees.

The ranking was one of several findings included in a more than yearlong project by the Los Angeles Times investigating the impact of legal costs on city budgets.

At­tor­neys' fees con­sume less than 1% of the 2010 budgets in nearly half the county’s cit­ies, an av­er­age of about $25 per res­id­ent. But a hand­ful of cit­ies spend three to four times that much.

Burbank -- which lost a public records lawsuit filed by the Burbank Leader for salary and bonus pay, and which is slogging through a series of police officer discrimination lawsuits -- ranked in the top quarter in per capita spending at $39.

Pasadena and South Pasadena came in at No. 22 and 25, spending $29 and $26 per capita, respectively.

La Canada Flintidge was No. 30, spending $24 per capita. And Glendale ranked lowest in the tri-city region, spending $17 per capita, according to The Times database.

Here is the full list of 88 cit­ies with their av­er­age leg­al ex­penses for the years 2005 through 2010, ex­pressed as a per­cent­age of the city’s op­er­at­ing and re­devel­op­ment budgets and per cap­ita.

L.A. Times Project: Corruption can leave cities with enormous legal bills

L.A. Times Database: Attorney costs by city

-- Jason Wells, Times Community News

Twitter: @JasonBretWells

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