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Posted: Friday, March 25, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:47 am, Fri Mar 25, 2011.

The board of directors for the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District voted to release Herum Crabtree law firm from duty at a closed session Thursday afternoon. The law firm has worked with the district for 11 years, said board member Joe Petersen. Board chairman Bryan Pilkington, who is recovering from heart surgery, attended the closed session, Petersen said.

Although the board of directors made the decision to release the law firm at its afternoon closed session, a copy of the agenda for the district's upcoming public meeting shows the board will take requests for proposals for new legal counsel. The agenda was posted before the closed session took place.

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  • Doug Chaney posted at 11:48 am on Fri, Mar 25, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Herum Crabtree is a very reputable law firm and I really don't like to see them "fired" by NSJWCD, but I've always wondered how this dysfunctional water district could afford a law firm that didn't fit into its budget and income category. It appears as if past "appointed" board members literally threw money at them to represent them in the courts for many minor matters whose cost didn't justify the means. I'm sure the defeat of the illegal pumping tax cost plenty to defend and the results were devastating to the financial budgets of the district, and apparently are the main reason for the poor financial condition of this district today. Although I'd prefer Herum Crabtree any day myself, the district needs to find someone in their own budget category. I'd also bet that this law firm will be releived knowing they have been paid these tidy sums of money to fight losing battles that the old time board members insisted on squandering funds on. Now let this new board and elected members continue forward and solve the problems that will return them to financial solvency.

  • Jackson Scott posted at 10:53 am on Fri, Mar 25, 2011.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 392

    rofl... they post the agenda for the upcoming open meeting where it states they will take proposals for a new legal counsel... BEFORE they release the current law firm in the closed session meeting?!

    This is something straight our of Mayberry! "Hey Barney...."

  • Josh Morgan posted at 8:48 am on Fri, Mar 25, 2011.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 542

    Doug.....this ones right up your alley. Looks like a Brown Act violation to me.



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