Settlement in city lawsuit?

City looking into hiring a second attorney regarding Measure A legal battle
By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
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After meeting in closed session, the Auburn City Council reported on two pending lawsuits involving the city at Monday night?s meeting. In the latest piece of litigation, Auburn resident Victoria Connolly and the First Amendment Coalition are suing the City of Auburn and its council members for not providing records of personal emails related to the ballot initiative for Auburn to become a charter city. Mayor Kevin Hanley said there had been a new development. ?We received a settlement offer and we are making a counter proposal on that,? Hanley said. He had no further comments on the settlement offer or the lawsuit. In another case filed against the authors of the ballot argument and rebuttal against Measure A, the failed initiative for Auburn to become a charter city, by City Clerk Joe Labrie, Hanley announced a change. City Attorney Michael Colantuono withdrew from representing the city in the matter. ?We will be hiring another attorney,? Hanley said. ?That contract will be on the agenda at the meeting in two weeks.? Reach Sara Seyydin at, or follow her on Twitter @AJ_News.