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    L.A. County city attorney costs

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

    Be­low is a list of all 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.

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    April 17, 2012
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    City Population Median income Annual city attorney costs Percent of budget Per capita
    Agoura Hills 20,398 $106,886 $540,038 2.8% $26
    Alhambra 83,220 $51,527 $1,844,811 1.9% $22
    Arcadia 56,304 $77,024 $720,766 1.1% $13
    Artesia 16,514 $56,777 $334,482 3.1% $20
    Avalon 3,719 $47,634 $209,389 1.2% $48
    Azusa 46,382 $51,894 $685,909 0.6% $15
    Baldwin Park 75,490 $50,346 $395,321 0.7% $3
    Bell 35,538 $38,473 $851,230 1.8% $24
    Bell Gardens 42,176 $39,167 $406,787 1.1% $10
    Bellflower 76,531 $50,565 $419,488 1.2% $6
    Beverly Hills 34,136 $83,463 $3,358,592 1.5% $82
    Bradbury 1,039 $147,841 $34,468 3.8% $29
    Burbank 103,363 $63,356 $4,821,471 0.8% $39
    Calabasas 23,053 $116,403 $450,876 1.2% $20
    Carson 91,799 $68,425 $1,613,076 1.8% $17
    Cerritos 49,176 $88,743 $785,599 0.7% $16
    Claremont 34,930 $82,012 $496,426 1.2% $14
    Commerce 12,830 $50,667 $801,105 1.0% $62
    Compton 96,444 $43,201 $3,989,861 3.2% $42
    Covina 47,793 $64,141 N/A N/A N/A
    Cudahy 23,846 $41,805 $170,954 1.7% $7
    Culver City 38,896 $72,199 $4,143,319 3.0% $88
    Diamond Bar 55,654 $87,216 $256,409 1.0% $4
    Downey 111,690 $59,674 $609,852 0.6% $5
    Duarte 21,345 $60,935 $355,432 1.6% $17
    El Monte 113,740 $42,750 $1,190,199 1.3% $10
    El Segundo 16,650 $89,926 $405,414 0.4% $20
    Gardena 58,854 $46,837 $998,668 1.3% $17
    Glendale 191,954 $54,677 $4,059,197 0.7% $17
    Glendora 50,100 $75,954 $515,953 1.0% $10
    Hawaiian Gardens 14,287 $52,034 $251,192 1.1% $17
    Hawthorne 84,360 $44,469 $4,336,937 4.1% $46
    Hermosa Beach 19,477 $99,976 $1,130,237 3.8% $49
    Hidden Hills 1,863 $250,001 $40,019 2.5% $21
    Huntington Park 58,241 $37,224 $946,289 1.3% $16
    Industry 486 $75,521 $2,843,620 1.4% $3,377
    Inglewood 109,831 $43,460 $3,598,274 1.9% $32
    Irwindale 1,429 $59,028 $521,805 0.9% $367
    La Canada Flintridge 20,266 N/A $482,017 2.0% $24
    La Habra Heights 5,347 $121,380 $182,580 3.5% $33
    La Mirada 48,528 $79,347 $403,788 0.7% $8
    La Puente 39,879 $51,023 $457,613 2.6% $11
    La Verne 31,120 $77,227 $329,967 0.6% $11
    Lakewood 80,066 $77,380 $222,306 0.3% $2
    Lancaster 155,920 $51,192 $658,999 0.4% $4
    Lawndale 32,761 $48,357 $457,198 2.4% $12
    Lomita 20,260 $62,464 $109,522 0.7% $4
    Long Beach 462,685 $51,173 $11,507,884 0.7% $25
    Los Angeles 3,794,586 $49,138 $132,987,080 1.0% $29
    Lynwood 69,786 $43,654 $1,495,254 2.6% $21
    Malibu 12,659 $125,202 $730,621 1.9% $57
    Manhattan Beach 35,168 $131,723 $604,567 0.8% $17
    Maywood 27,442 $38,740 $286,831 1.6% $10
    Monrovia 36,659 $65,477 $886,546 1.4% $24
    Montebello 62,471 $50,881 $354,170 0.4% $6
    Monterey Park 60,349 $52,159 N/A N/A N/A
    Norwalk 105,529 $60,488 $634,658 0.7% $6
    Palmdale 152,473 $55,696 $3,086,114 2.1% $21
    Palos Verdes Estates 13,444 $163,542 $152,428 0.9% $11
    Paramount 54,126 $41,333 $301,010 0.7% $6
    Pasadena 136,912 $65,422 $3,906,938 0.7% $29
    Pico Rivera 62,997 $57,594 $406,118 0.8% $6
    Pomona 149,311 $50,497 $2,817,632 1.3% $19
    Rancho Palos Verdes 41,654 $114,668 $1,016,314 3.3% $24
    Redondo Beach 66,716 $91,737 $2,681,340 2.7% $41
    Rolling Hills 1,867 $219,688 $74,321 3.2% $40
    Rolling Hills Estates 8,064 $142,763 $102,866 1.2% $9
    Rosemead 53,844 $46,706 $374,096 1.3% $7
    San Dimas 33,434 $74,150 $609,858 2.1% $15
    San Fernando 23,671 $49,716 $601,488 1.5% $25
    San Gabriel 39,774 $56,720 $247,533 0.8% $6
    San Marino 13,150 $154,962 $126,095 0.5% $10
    Santa Clarita 176,056 $82,642 $2,434,739 1.5% $14
    Santa Fe Springs 16,206 $54,252 $349,673 0.4% $21
    Santa Monica 89,494 $68,842 $9,340,469 2.1% $105
    Sierra Madre 10,917 $82,675 $454,078 3.3% $36
    Signal Hill 11,016 $70,286 $1,453,524 4.3% $112
    South El Monte 20,171 $46,037 $444,676 2.7% $22
    South Gate 94,502 $43,268 $1,827,294 2.0% $6
    South Pasadena 25,596 $82,340 $662,164 2.2% $26
    Temple City 35,516 $65,668 $203,098 1.4% $6
    Torrance 145,392 $74,163 $2,818,775 1.1% $16
    Vernon 114 $38,625 $10,625,650 3.8% $98,234
    Walnut 29,222 $100,182 $196,547 0.5% $6
    West Covina 106,189 $69,587 $1,418,737 1.4% $13
    West Hollywood 34,481 $52,009 $987,953 1.2% $28
    Westlake Village 8,277 $116,213 $209,028 1.4% $25
    Whittier 85,293 $65,308 $1,041,042 1.3% $12

    Sources: Times reporting, California Controller, California Department of Finance, American Community Survey, 2006-2010.

    Credits: Jessica Garrison, Abigail Sewell, Sandra Poindexter, Doug Smith, Justin Becker, Nicole Mooradian

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