Alene Tchekmedyian

Former Manhattan Beach City Manager Geoff Dolan must pay city $45K, judge ruled

Former Manhattan Beach City Manager Geoff Dolan must pay Manhattan Beach $45,187 in attorney fees stemming from his breach of contract lawsuit against the city, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Susan Bryant-Deason ruled on Thursday. The amount is half of the $88,760 the city had requested. “We are pleased to recover a portion of public […]

 Alene Tchekmedyian

Geoff Dolan argues city inflated legal fees

Geoff Dolan argues city inflated legal fees

Former Manhattan Beach City Manager Geoff Dolan’s attorney, Patricio Barrera, filed a motion on Friday opposing the city’s request for attorney fees, according to court documents. In a memorandum, Barrera argues that the $88,760 fee request “is unreasonably inflated and includes a request for fees stemming from work not yet performed, as well as improper, […]

 Alene Tchekmedyian

Judge dismisses Geoff Dolan’s lawsuit against Manhattan Beach

Judge dismisses Geoff Dolan’s lawsuit against Manhattan Beach

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge dismissed the former city manager’s lawsuit against the City of Manhattan Beach and former City Attorney Robert Wadden on Tuesday, halting the legal battle centered around the city’s release of documents pertaining to his resignation.

 Alene Tchekmedyian

Sue City: Manhattan Beach hit with claims, lawsuits

Sue City: Manhattan Beach hit with claims, lawsuits

After Roxanne Diaz’s appointment as Manhattan Beach city attorney in September, the self-described “new kid on the block” inherited a stack of claims and lawsuits filed against the city of Manhattan Beach. She may be new to Manhattan Beach, but the Los Angeles native has provided legal services to many cities, including Hidden Hills, Indio […]

 Alene Tchekmedyian

Geoff Dolan files lawsuit against city

Geoff Dolan files lawsuit against city

?Geoff Dolan, former Manhattan Beach city manager of 15 years, filed a lawsuit against the city of Manhattan Beach for breach of contract and invasion of privacy rights based on the city’s disclosure of records that Dolan argues were confidential.

 Alene Tchekmedyian

Former Manhattan Beach city attorney files $1.5M claim

Former Manhattan Beach city attorney files $1.5M claim

Former city attorney Robert Wadden filed a $1.5 million claim against the city of Manhattan Beach on September 16 for age discrimination, breach of contract, defamation and interference with economic opportunity.

 Andrea Ruse

Dolan’s claim expected to be answered in few weeks

Dolan’s claim expected to be answered in few weeks

Former Manhattan Beach City Manager Geoff Dolan’s attorney expects to find out in a couple weeks whether the city will find itself facing another lawsuit. Since Dolan earlier this month filed a $2 million claim against Manhattan Beach for allegedly tarnishing his reputation during and after his highly-publicized 2009 departure, the city’s insurance carrier contacted […]

 Andrea Ruse

Former city manager files claim against City of Manhattan Beach

Former city manager files claim against City of Manhattan Beach

Former city manager Geoff Dolan, 57, has filed a $2 million claim against the city, nearly a year and a half after his sudden and controversial departure. Dolan, who abruptly resigned in December 2009 after 15 years with the city, filed the claim on May 12, alleging that the Manhattan Beach City Council breached his […]

 Andrea Ruse

Watchdog in Manhattan Beach city manager lawsuit dies

Richard McKee, founder and director of watchdog group Californians Aware, died Saturday, nearly six weeks after winning a lawsuit against the city over Brown Act violations in connection with former city manager Geoff Dolan’s departure. McKee was 62. He died of natural causes in his La Verne home after complaining of flu-like symptoms and was […]

 Andrea Ruse

Manhattan Beach cans city attorney, hires interim

The Manhattan Beach City Council Tuesday voted unanimously to fire city attorney Robert Wadden a week after he was placed on administrative leave. The 4-0 vote to terminate Wadden’s contract was announced at the end of a three-hour special closed session council meeting held to evaluate his performance, the final of four such meetings held […]

 Andrea Ruse

Manhattan Beach city attorney placed on administrative leave

Manhattan Beach City Council Tuesday unanimously voted to place city attorney Robert Wadden on administrative leave for a week effective immediately, during the last of three special closed session meetings held in a week to discuss his performance. The 4-0 vote came a week after an anonymous letter that was addressed to Wadden and accused […]

 Andrea Ruse

Letter accuses former city manager of alleged sexual misconduct

Letter accuses former city manager of alleged sexual misconduct

An anonymous letter released Monday alleges that former city manager Geoff Dolan engaged in sexual harassment during a city team building retreat in October 2009. The letter was sent to city officials shortly after the alleged misconduct. Dolan resigned two months later. After a special closed session City Council meeting Tuesday, an “open letter” to […]

 Andrea Ruse

Manhattan Beach to admit mistake in Dolan departure

Manhattan Beach to admit mistake in Dolan departure

After more than a year of dodging allegations of Brown Act violations in the departure of former Manhattan Beach City Manager Geoff Dolan, the city has agreed to publicly apologize to residents and release associated documents so far kept sealed. A settlement agreement with watchdog group Californians Aware, which filed a lawsuit against the city […]

 Andrea Ruse

Watchdog hopes letter will show why Dolan left

Watchdog hopes letter will show why Dolan left

A watchdog group suing the City of Manhattan Beach over its handling of former city manager Geoff Dolan’s departure more than a year ago hopes that a March trial will once and for all provide residents with long-awaited answers into an issue that the city has remained largely silent about. Californians Aware – a nonprofit […]

 Andrea Ruse

2010 Year-in-Review: Manhattan manages without a manager

At the beginning of the year, the city found itself without a manager and at the start of an exhaustive, year-long search for a replacement, leaving an interim manager to navigate the city through an investigation into an alleged police hit-and-run cover-up, the reopening of the city’s controversial sand dune, a crackdown on the Six-Man Volleyball Tournament and a last-minute save of the Manhattan Beach Open Volleyball Tournament. [Read More]