Morning roundup

The City Council is scheduled to meet in closed session at 3:30 p.m. Mayor Ann Johnston and Councilwoman Susan Eggman, who are in New Orleans to accept a brownfields development award for the Stockton Arena and Stockton Ballpark project, are to participate by conference call from a Hilton.

On the closed session agenda is a discussion of potential litigation, which lately has meant a conversation about fired Deputy City Manager Johnny Ford. Interim City Manager Kevin O’Rourke was to review the Ford matter. City Hall has not approached Ford’s lawyer, Albert Ellis, to discuss a settlement or anything else, Ellis said this morning.

In open session, the council is expected to authorize paying $205,000 to settle a lawsuit in which William Lawson, who uses a wheelchair, claimed in federal court that the city failed to provide wheelchair access at two railroad pedestrian underpasses, on South Wilson Way and on East Charter Way. The city also is to agree to make improvements to the underpasses.

The blog will have live updates.

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