UPDATE, 3:30 p.m.: In a return call that clocked in at about 40 minutes long, Douglas Bruce said Rivera's synopsis is far from the truth.
He says he hasn't sued over 300 because Council has mostly complied with his intent thus far (in phasing out payments and subsidies from enterprises to the city over eight years). He says he expects that after new Councilors are elected, the city will opt for full compliance.
As for the mayor's assertion that he's being vindictive, Bruce says, "The mayor is delusional, he’s the figure who's been publicly humiliated, repudiated and basically shunned.”
Bruce adds that his latest lawsuit isn't about how much money the city spends hiring outside legal counsel — though he finds the millions spent annually to be exorbitant. Rather, it was spurred by the city attorney's unilateral hiring of outside counsel, which he says violates the charter.
Anti-taxer Douglas Bruce has sued the city once again.
But wait! There's some humor to be found in this.
See, Bruce did not sue the city for implementing an ordinance to enforce his voter-approved Issue 300, as most everyone expected he would. (Bruce claims the city is trampling his language and intent.)
Bruce is suing the city because he claims — among other things — that the city attorney and city enterprises have hired expensive outside legal counsel without the proper approval of City Council.
Well, anyway, getting the the funny part, Mayor Lionel Rivera of course says the lawsuit is nonsense and that Council and staff adhered to the city charter at all times, blah, blah, blah. Then he says .... guess what? Bruce is suing the City Attorney and the City Council, which means the city will be forced to hire outside legal counsel, thus incurring more of the bills that Bruce is suing the city for incurring.
"The one thing he says he's complaining about," Rivera says, "his very action causes us to spend more money on."
So has Bruce just gone off the deep end? Not in Rivera's opinion. The mayor says he believes Bruce wanted to sue over the new Issue 300 ordinance, but didn't think he could win, so instead Bruce came after the city for something "frivolous."
"It's his way of getting even," Rivera says.