When something bad happens to the city, one firm usually benefits

The city resists contracting out police and fire but embraces contracting legal services ■ Chronicle Staff Opinion If your contractor sent you a bill for $1 million more than you expected, would you keep them on the job for another year? Probably not. The city of Hemet has no such problem. The city’s fiscal year 2007-08 had a $2.4 million deficit, according to city records. The city had budgeted only $1.2 million for legal fees at the start of the year but wound up spending nearly twice that amount by year end. The total charged by City Attorney Eric Vail’s firm, Burke, Williams and Sorensen was some $2.2 million. By year

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