Who makes decisions for public entities? Is it the elected officials? Or do behind-the-scenes lawyers tell the officials and/or employees what to do?
I have long suspected that those lawyers-not the elected officials-make many decisions.
I found support for my suspicion in this July 1, 2008 Voice of San Diego article by Rob Davis:
"...The agreement to extend negotiations had already been approved by Janice Weinrick, the city Redevelopment Agency's deputy executive director. She said she was told to sign it by Murray Kane, a CCDC attorney. "I'm a document signer," she said. "I only did what I was told, to sign off.""
We need to know more about the lawyers who represent public entities. It seems that the lawyers make the decisions, and the officials and employees just obey them. If there's a problem, everyone says, "I was just doing what my (choose one: client or lawyer) told me to do.""