The City Council this week voted to partially reimburse Councilman David Gordon, an optometrist, for legal fees he incurred determining whether his participation in employee insurance contract discussions — specifically regarding vision-care benefits — ran afoul of state law.
The council approved a partial reimbursement of $2,000. Gordon’s total legal bill in the matter was $21,893, he said.
In 2009 Gordon sought outside legal advice on the issue, removing himself from labor discussions. He voted the previous year to approve an agreement with the Burbank City Employee's Assn. to provide vision insurance through Vision Service Plan, a provider he has accepted at his private practice for the past 30 years.
According to Roman Porter, the FPPC’s executive director, Gordon would have been given the same advice if he had submitted his request as an individual, without the help of an attorney.