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No decision from Burbank on whether to appeal order to release employee bonus amounts

May 26, 2011 |  9:00 am

Burbank City Hall City officials in Burbank who have been ordered to release individual employee bonus amounts have not yet decided whether to appeal the court ruling in a public records lawsuit.

The Burbank Leader, which is a partner of the Los Angeles Times and also is owned by Tribune Co., sued the city after it refused to release bonus amounts, saying it would be a violation of employees' privacy and hurt workplace morale.

But last week, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Ann I. Jones ordered the city of Burbank to release bonus amounts paid to individual employees, saying the public's right to know the information exceeded any workplace privacy concerns.

The newspaper's co-counsel Karl Olson said the legal fees for the paper already stand at $37,000. The Leader can collect court costs and reasonable attorney fees after prevailing in court under the California Public Records Act.

"In my opinion, it would be a waste of taxpayer money for the city to challenge Judge Jones' well-crafted order, just as it was a waste of taxpayer money for Burbank to resist disclosure of bonuses when other cities have disclosed the same information, and the law sure is clear," Olson said in an e-mail.

The City Council could choose to appeal the ruling, although that discussion had yet to be scheduled.

Read the full report on Burbank employee bonuses here.


Burbank officials told to report employee bonuses

Burbank seeks to keep employees' bonuses private

-- Gretchen Meier, Burbank Leader / Times Community News

Photo: Burbank City Hall. Credi: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times