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Council approves another $1.3 million in legal fees

San Diego City Council voted themselves another $1.3 million to cover their legal bills. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

The San Diego city council members recused themselves from the room, one after another, as council voted to approve what is now a total of $3 million in legal fees. The money is for attorneys for current and former elected city officials involved in the Securities and Exchange Commission's investigation into bond disclosure practices.

City watchdog Mel Shapiro said taxpayers are being soaked.

Shapiro: "I think this is a bigger rip off then the ticket guarantees the ticket guarantee got us a football team however paying your personal lawyers gets us nothing."

The bills are for outside lawyers, since city attorney Mike Aguirre said he wouldn't represent the city officials, some of whom he is suing in separate lawsuits.

Council president Scott Peters said he warned this could get expensive, and that indeed he is being proved right. Alison St John KPBS News.

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