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Manhattan Beach council votes to hire Aitkin attorney

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The Manhattan Beach City Council on Feb. 5 voted to retain the services of an Aitkin litigation attorney to represent the city in a lawsuit in a longstanding dispute to recover unpaid planning and zoning fees.

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Draft minutes show the council agreed to hire attorney Andrew Kalis of Ryan & Brucker, LTD., after the city attorney’s office notified the council in January of a conflict of interest with former planning and zoning commission chairman Brian Dobie.

Dobie owes the city fees from 2007 and has not made a payment since July 2008, according to the council’s Sept. 5, 2013, meeting minutes. The council chose to take action because the statute of limitations of six years was quickly approaching. Mayor Paul Allen and Kalis would not provide comments on the council’s actions. Dobie did not respond to a request for comment.

In other news, council member Jan Allen was reappointed as mayor pro tem and council member Clyde Brodt was reappointed as road commissioner. The council heard a letter from a resident concerned that the public access on Trout Lake was blocked by stored docks.

Chelsey Perkins can be reached at chelsey.perkins@forumcomm.com. Follow her at facebook.com/PEJChelsey and on Twitter @PEJ_Chelsey.

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