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Jan092017

L.A. CITY HALL: City of Los Angeles, high-profile lawsuit payouts, increased $$$ liability: "L.A. needs to borrow millions to cover legal payouts, city report says" ...

* Los Angeles Times:  "L.A. needs to borrow millions to cover legal payouts, city report says" - From the LAT:

Los Angeles budget officials are warning that the city needs to immediately borrow tens of millions of dollars to avoid dipping into its emergency reserve fund after several high-profile lawsuit payouts. The City Administrative Office recommended in a new report that the city borrow $50 million to $70 million to address cases that are part of a “new trend of increased liability payouts.”

The city typically budgets $60 million a year for its legal liability fund, but has already paid out $135 million since July 1, when the current fiscal year began. Recent significant payouts include a $200-million settlement by the Los Angeles City Council over a housing-related lawsuit brought by disabled groups and an $8-million settlement to end lawsuits related to the fatal Los Angeles Police Department shootings of three unarmed men in separate incidents. The $200 million will be paid out over 10 years.

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The recommendation comes after the city paid out $100 million in legal cases last fiscal year, said Assistant City Administrative Officer Ben Ceja. He said the rising expenditures “could be the new normal in terms of paying out cases.”