Zen and the Art of Mayoral Maintenance 

Jacques Barzaghi is back at Jerry Brown's side after being sent to the woodshed following an embarrassing sexual harassment case. Officials say this should keep Barzaghi out of trouble and them out of court. But other experts aren't so sure.

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Lopez-Bowden's attorney, a man with an impressive track record of multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts, insists that the city is vulnerable. "All I can say is legally if the city doesn't do something to separate him and prevent him from harassing women, it can be deemed ratification, which means the city's gone along, accepted, and essentially approved what he was doing," Meadows explains. "The extent of the city's liability worsens with each successive incident. ... The people who are protecting Barzaghi are asking to get clobbered with some large, punitive-damage award."

Barzaghi still can be found lurking wherever Mayor Brown happens to be. At a recent antiwar event at his We the People loft, he was spotted in his trademark all-black outfit, sitting on the sidelines in a straight-backed, yoga-style position, rocking back and forth, fingering worry beads. He sat quietly, then disappeared.

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