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No deal reached in lawsuit over city emails

CalPERS cost rising by double than projected
By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
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City council made decisions regarding a current lawsuit and the budget at its meeting Monday night. Mayor Kevin Hanley gave a report out of closed session to the lawsuit brought by Auburn resident Victoria Connolly and the First Amendment Coalition against the city council members related to withholding some emails in their personal email accounts from public record. ?The city is still in negotiations,? Hanley said. He added that they have instructed City Attorney Michael Colantuono to make a second settlement offer. The city had no reportable action on a lawsuit between Auburn City Clerk Joe Labrie and the authors of the ballot argument and rebuttable against Measure A, in which the authors are seeking more than $34,000 in legal fees from a past lawsuit the city brought against them and lost. After an additional two weeks to review the city?s budget and get more public input on it, the council adopted revenue estimates and expenditure appropriations for all city funds for fiscal year 2012-2013, as well as a general fund cash reserve of $2,839,065. Andy Heath, administrative services manager, said one change over the past two weeks is that healthcare premiums through CalPERS are actually rising by 9.9 percent, rather that the 5 percent originally projected in the budget earlier this month. It will cost the city an additional $17,286. Heath said part of this could be recovered through the $5,000 savings achieved by reducing the city clerk?s salary last June. Reach Sara Seyydin at saras@goldcountrymedia.com, or follow her on Twitter @AJ_News.