this critical moment in its bankruptcy case. The prospect of San Bernardino losing its experienced and effective city attorney poses a serious risk to the city legal position that could cost city taxpayers millions of dollars.
The city attorney fiscal prudence has saved city taxpayers $270 per hour in outside legal fees. Whereas Vallejo paid $680 per hour for its private bankruptcy attorneys, San Bernardino is paying only $380 per hour.
At his critical stage in the bankruptcy process, what matters most are experience and professional competence. It is not the time to gamble with San Bernardino financial future by electing an inexperienced replacement city attorney.
The city legal bankruptcy team, headed by Penman, recently succeeded in defeating the efforts of the employee pension giant, CalPERS, to block San Bernardino acceptance into the bankruptcy court. Had the city been defeated by CalPERS the city might have dissolved. This was no small accomplishment.
Penman, aware that the city of Vallejo paid more than $13 million in attorney fees on its bankruptcy, retained the state leading bankruptcy attorney, but took prudent steps to limit taxpayer costs for that legal work.
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City Attorney Penman legal experience and sound financial management have already saved San Bernardino taxpayers millions of dollars.
attorneys, indeed he is one of only a handful of California lawyers, who has studied and understands municipal bankruptcy law, which is a highly specialized field of the law.
Mr. Penman is a strong personality. You may or may not agree with Penman on certain issues you may not even like him but San Bernardino needs his legal expertise to lead the city legal team successfully through the bankruptcy case.
City attorney recall a serious mistake for San Bernardino
As a retired Superior Court judge, I join others who have expressed concerns to you, the residents of San Bernardino, about what is at stake on Nov. 5 for the city legal affairs.
Recalling Penman, the city strongest legal asset, and bringing in an inexperienced Omega Watch Deville
John P. Wade is a retired San Bernardino Superior Court judge.
Neither of the two lawyers running to replace Mr. Penman has the knowledge or experience in municipal bankruptcy law that the city needs.
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San Bernardino City Attorney Jim Penman is currently Omega Seamaster Professional James Bond the focus of a recall election. We oppose this expensive recall because it is based on the false premise that Mr. Penman is somehow responsible for the city bankruptcy.
But Penman did not stop there. He insisted that all routine legal work be performed by deputy city attorneys who are paid an average of $76.31 per hour a further savings to the taxpayer of $300 per hour.
attorney who would have to engage in on the job training, would be a mistake that could cost the city millions of dollars that are needed to police San Bernardino and provide other vital city services.
Please vote no on the recall of City Attorney Jim Penman.
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When it became evident that the city would have to file for bankruptcy, City Attorney Jim Penman dutifully and competently stepped up to the plate and took charge of the bankruptcy action which had to be filed and decided in federal bankruptcy court.
The city attorney provides legal advice to city policymakers. He is not responsible for San Bernardino bankruptcy. In fact, he repeatedly warned city officials about San Bernardino dire financial situation. However, the city attorney has no vote at City Hall; nor can he veto ill advised spending decisions made by the mayor and Common Council.
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