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Parlier "accepts resignation" of city attorney, city manager still on paid leave

PARLIER, Calif. - A definitive statement and a following shrug from the Parlier city attorney, firm Lozano Smith out of Fresno. 

"We have same amount of lawsuits that other cities do," Parlier Mayor Alma Beltran said. "We cannot afford $350,000, we have been trying to maintain our police department." 

This after last meeting's three-and-a-half-hour session. With fireworks, all playing out in front of constituents. 

"These bills says more about you, than they do about us," Deputy City Attorney Lee Burdick said during last week's meeting. 

Tuesday night, instead behind closed doors, the attorney's office declining to comment, citing attorney-client privilege. 

Beltran saying the council will start looking for a new law firm, that she says includes all services. 

"Instead of getting invoice for phone calls, for emails, a word that may change in the agenda, I don't think it's necessary to be pretty much, nickel and dimed," Beltran said. 

The next council meeting is September 20th. 

In Parlier, Megan Rupe. 


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