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L.A. City Council review of Google e-mail contract postponed till next week

July 27, 2010 | 11:43 am

A City Council review of Google Inc.'s $7.25-million contract to take over the city's e-mail system has been pushed back by eight days to August 4.

Council members were scheduled on Tuesday to review the status of the implementation, which was supposed to be finished by the end of June. The rollout of Google's Apps software to the city's 30,000 employees ran into delays as Google and the city negotiated over how to secure sensitive data from the Los Angeles Police Department and other city agencies.

LAPD officials have said they will not move their personnel to the Google system until all the safeguards are in place. That means the city will continue to pay for its older e-mail system -- up to $147,000 per quarter -- until the security requirements are met. 

A city technology official said Google has agreed to pay for the old licenses through November, when the implementation is expected to be completed.

Tuesday's agenda was to include updates about the progress of the security measures and the costs of the delays.

-- David Sarno

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