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File #: 22-794    Version: 1
Type: Administrative Items Status: Passed
File created: 9/13/2022 In control: City Council/Public Financing Authority
On agenda: 9/20/2022 Final action: 9/20/2022
Title: Approve plan to effectuate three recommendations provided in the Richards, Watson, & Gershon (RWG) independent review of the City's handling of the Moore-Field litigation
Attachments: 1. PPT RWG Report - 2022-09-20
REQUEST FOR CITY COUNCIL ACTION

SUBMITTED TO: Honorable Mayor and City Council Members

SUBMITTED BY: Al Zelinka, City Manager

PREPARED BY: Al Zelinka, City Manager
Michael Gates, City Attorney

Subject:
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Approve plan to effectuate three recommendations provided in the Richards, Watson, & Gershon (RWG) independent review of the City's handling of the Moore-Field litigation
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Statement of Issue:
On July 5, 2022, City Council accepted the Legal Issues ad hoc subcommittee's recommendation to waive Attorney-Client privilege and release limited information in Richards, Watson, & Gershon's (RWG) report pertaining to the City's overall handling of the Moore-Field litigation. Within the report, RWG made several recommendations. City Council on August 2, 2022 requested staff to review three of those recommendations and provide guidance, within the next 60 days, on their implementation.

Financial Impact:
Funding will be provided within the City Attorney Office approved Fiscal Year 2022/23 budget.

Recommended Action:
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Approve plan to implement three recommendations provided in RWG's independent review of the City's handling of the Moore-Field Litigation.
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Alternative Action(s):
Do not approve the recommended action, and direct staff accordingly.

Analysis:
In July 2022, RWG presented an independent review of the City's handling of the Moore-Field litigation and whether there may have been alternate approaches that would have reduced the City's expenses and improved transparency between the parties involved. On August 2, 2022, City Council requested staff to assess and present a plan to implement three of those recommendations:

Recommendation #1: The City Attorney's Office should provide training to City Council regarding their respective roles as attorney and client, as well as the resources of the City Attorney's Office. There should also be an extensive dialogue with City Council Members on ways to improve these rel...

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