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Measure H Lawsuit Costs Add up to Over $200,000 in Two Years

Alameda Unified School District payment vouchers obtained by Action Alameda News suggest that the District’s costs to defend the lawsuits over Measure H have cost well over $200,000 since 2008.

Alameda Unified School District payment vouchers to law firm Chapman, Popik & White from 2008 through to February 19, 2010 add up to $217,425. David Neid, an attorney with the firm, is the District’s attorney of record in both Borikas et. al. v. Alameda Unified School District and Beery et. al. v. Alameda Unified School District. The cases are on file with the Alameda County Superior Court, case numbers VG08-405316 and RG08-405984, respectively.

The $217,425 figure does not include costs for District staff time spent on the case or for salary for AUSD in-house legal counsel, Danielle Houck.

2 comments to Measure H Lawsuit Costs Add up to Over $200,000 in Two Years

  • Anonymous

    Why on earth does a properly run school district need to hire full time legal counsel?

  • Good question. Another one: Why does a properly managed school district need to hire a “political consulting firm,” Erwin & Muir, with $80,000 in outstanding Purchase Orders, paying them $300/hour, and calling it “$150 per partner”? I ran Lazzari & Green Advertising for more than 20 years and we never billed our clients on a “per partner” basis. That’s bogus language, designed to make the hourly charges seem like half of what they really are. Unless, of course, there are invoices which stipulate, “Only one partner worked on this phone call,” etc. Don’t hold your breath!

    Dennis Green

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