The city of Baldwin Park ranked very low among 88 cities in Los Angeles County for the amount of money spent per capita on attorney fees, according to a study by the Los Angeles Times.
The ranking was contained in a database resulting from a one-year project by the Times as it investigated the effect of legal costs on city budgets.
The Times found that Baldwin Park spent $3 per capita on city attorney’s fees annually, or a total of $395,321 (0.70 percent of the city’s budget).
Overall, attorneys' fees consume less than 1 percent of the 2010 budgets in nearly half the county’s cities, an average of about $25 per resident. But a handful of cities spend three to four times that much, the Times found.
Cities like El Monte spent $10 per capita, West Covina spent $13 and La Puente spent $11 according to The Times database.