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Council talks crime, graffiti, and Ensey's legal fees on Tuesday

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YAKIMA, Wash. - The city council starts the week picking up the conversation on crime and gang violence, which brought many people to downtown over the weekend, as they prepare for Tuesday's business meeting.

During Monday's media briefing, Assistant Mayor Micah Cawley said the council will talk about the city's efforts to remove graffiti as well. 

Cawley announced that Council Member Sonia Rodriguez requested the council also discuss the choice to cover Council Member Rick Ensey's legal fees and how to minimize cost.  The assistant mayor wanted to reassure the public the council will keep taps on the expenses.

"We're not gonna let this thing balloon out of control unlike you've heard reports of that we've just written a blank check," he said.  "That's not true.  We're going to be following this, reviewing this."

Yakima Mayor Dave Edler also spoke at the briefing.  He has joined the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns along with 450 other mayors across the country.  He requested time during the event to refute some of the claims made by the NRA against the group.  Edler presented a fact sheet the group put together in response.