Boulder hires outside lawyer in ballot lawsuit
By Katie Langford. Originally published in the Daily Camera on August 5, 2020.
"Boulder city officials have hired a private law firm to fight a lawsuit filed by the Bedrooms Are For People ballot measure campaign, which could cost up to $50,000 in attorney’s fees, according to city records.
City leaders are hiring Mark Grueskin, who defended former Gov. John Hickenlooper in his recent ethics trial. The agreement outlines that Grueskin will be paid $450 an hour for a maximum of $50,000.
The Bedrooms Are For People lawsuit stems from city staff giving campaign organizers incorrect information about the number of signatures required to be placed on the ballot and the deadline to turn in those signatures, and a majority of Boulder City Council members later voted to not refer the measure to the ballot, despite the city’s error."