I don't know if you spend much time with the City Manager's Report on the City of Sierra Madre website [click here], but I heartily recommend you check it out when you get the chance. I do, and there are all sorts of interesting things to be found there. In the past this worthy document was circulated only amongst the elected and upper managerial types downtown, but since state law now dictates that all such things must be made available to the public, you too can access all of the latest information straight from the very hub of our local municipal power.
Or, if you prefer otherwise, you could just come here and I'll eventually fill you in. It is no problem whatsoever, I really enjoy doing it. And the feedback I get in exchange is a priceless gift.
The big excitement this week is that word is quickly getting around legal circles about Sierra Madre's Request for Proposals (RFP) for City Attorney services. And apparently eager pin-striped pettifoggers are stampeding right past that oddly proportioned little kid with the fishing pole statue and straight through City Hall's storied mechanical doors. You'd think it was the gold rush times or something. And who knows, perhaps it is. Here is how this news of our RFP is shared in the City Manager's Report:
City Attorney RFP's - This week, the City's notice that we were accepting proposals for City Attorney services appeared in the Daily Journal. As of today, I have received fifteen (15) requests for copies of the proposal. Here is a list of firms requesting proposals as of today:
Woodruff, Spradlin & Smart
Richards, Watson & Gershon
Vandeventer Black, LLP
The DeArmas Law Firm
Viterbo L. Valera, Esq.
Aleshire & Wynder, LLP
Graves & King, LLP
Martin & Martin, LLP
Burke, Williams & Sorenson, LLP
Lynberg & Watkins
Colantuono & Levin, PC
Thomas Hrouda, Attorney at Law
Randall A. Spencer, Attorney at Law
Some of these names are quite uniquely impressive. As an example, and I don't know what his resume' looks like or whether he has ever actually won anything in Court, but can you imagine the incredible responsibility of having to go through life with a name as grand as Viterbo? That is one of those quickly achieve greatness in life or succumb early to the infinite wrath of the meanest kids on the playground kind of names. Or at least it would have been where I grew up. I'll bet he is one tough dude.
The Daily Journal [click here], which appears to be the place where legal beagles go to look for new opportunities to ply their trade, is available to us on-line. I found the ad that the City of Sierra Madre ran there for the first time this week, and it reads thusly:
Notice Inviting Request for Proposals for City Attorney Services, Sierra Madre, California. The City Council invites interested municipal law firms and attorneys to submit written proposals to provide City Attorney services. Sealed proposals will be received in the office of the City Manager up to 5:30 pm on December 10, 2012. For a copy of the RFP and proposal requirements, email EAguilar@cityofsierramadre.com
My $5,000 bill for posting this notice will be mailed out to the City of Sierra Madre sometime today. I do have to wonder why it hasn't also run in the Mountain Views News. Can it be that our legal notices are now being shifted over to the Daily Journal? Are we looking at a possible breach of contract here? Celebrated attorney-at-law Susan Henderson may wish to investigate this matter. Or who knows, perhaps she should just apply for the job of City Attorney instead.
(A heads up to interested attorneys: Advertising on the Sierra Madre Tattler is a recognized method of getting noticed at City Hall. For your convenience our motivated rates are listed in the right hand column of this page.)
It has been noted by those in the know that this is quite a flood of interest at so early a stage. And that by December we could be looking at literally dozens of applicants for the honor of being Sierra Madre's City Attorney. Couple this flood of interest with a down market for legal services right now and I think we could be looking at quite a bidding war. Hopefully it will get to the point where they will actually pay us for the privilege of working with Sierra Madre. We are interesting and colorful people after all.
One more observation. It is intriguing to note the inclusion of Colantuono & Levin on this list of early potential applicants. Can it be that perhaps they will be bidding against their old rates when they apply for what has been their job for the last decade or so? I would hope that if they do beat their current prices they will reimburse us for the years of overcharges.
Of course, C&L already has one vote in their pocket. Nancy Walsh, as you must recall, voted against our going through this RFP process. Which means that when (or if) Nancy runs for a second term on the City Council, she will have to explain why she was opposed to saving the taxpayers some dough.
But who knows, maybe she just didn't make that connection.